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The UN Security Council on Tuesday deplored a deadly Moroccan police raid on a squatter camp in Western Sahara but the Council failed to back rebel calls for a full UN investigation into the violence.

The main Western Sahara rebel group warns it could withdraw from peace talks with Morocco because of the November 8 raid. Morocco has said 12 people, including 10 Moroccan police officers, died in clashes with protesters. The Polisario Front rebels say dozens were killed.

Meanwhile, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba met with his Moroccan counterpart, Taieb Cherkaoui in Madrid. Cherkaoui agreed to comply with any requests from Spain to investigate the raid, Perez said after the meeting.

Morocco took control of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975, sparking a bitter dispute with rebels. The Polisario Front want a referendum on greater autonomy for the disputed territory.

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