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Reuters: Morocco's U.N. expulsion puts Western Sahara ceasefire at risk: movement

Posted by Holly Jerrett on March 25, 2016 @ 2:05 PM

Morocco is putting a ceasefire over disputed Western Sahara at risk by expelling United Nations staffers there and trying to scuttle a long-delayed referendum over the future of the territory, an independence movement official said on Tuesday.

Dozens of U.N. staffers pulled out of the Western Sahara mission, known as MINURSO, on Sunday after Morocco demanded they leave because U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the term "occupation" during a visit to the region.

It is Rabat's worst dispute with the U.N. since 1991, when it brokered a ceasefire. Morocco took over most of Western Sahara in 1975 from colonial Spain, starting a guerilla war with the Sahrawi people's Polisario Front who say the desert territory on Africa's northwest belongs to them.

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