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Relaunching Negotiations over Western Sahara

The fighting in Western Sahara, which broke out again in November 2020, remains of low intensity.

Yet outside powers would be wrong to assume that it will not escalate.

  • ICG

With U.S. support, the new UN envoy should pursue confidence-building measures that could facilitate negotiations.

Principal Findings

What’s new?

Fighting between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front over the disputed territory of Western Sahara flared up again in November 2020.

External powers are divided and reluctant to step in, while the UN succeeded in filling its long-vacant envoy position only in October 2021.

Why does it…

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