n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Intractability in North Africa : Morocco and Western Sahara - : North Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 06
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Few conflicts have as long a history as the ongoing contention that persists between Morocco and Western Sahara, the vast desert territory that lies along its southern border. In many respects, the situation pitting Morocco against Western Sahara, at times in bouts of violent warfare, has become one of Africa's 'forgotten conflicts'. The imbroglio has been shunned by regional organisations, the United Nations (UN) and Western powers alike. Western Sahara is Africa's last colony. Yet, the early months of 2013 have been witness to a resurgence of tensions between the territory and Morocco, thrusting the stalemated conflict once more into the African limelight.

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