n African Security Review - Western Sahara : what can we expect from the Manhasset talks? : Africa watch

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The crisis over Western Sahara started in the early 1970s, when Spain was forced to announce plans to withdraw from the territory it had effectively occupied since 1934. But when Spain abandoned the territory in February 1976, the Kingdom of Morocco, which lies to the north, and Mauritania, located to the east and south of the country, sent troops to occupy parts of what was then called 'Spanish Sahara', with the lion's share going to Morocco.


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