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No breakthrough on Western Sahara talks

No breakthrough on Western Sahara talks
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Talks over the disputed region of Western Sahara have ended in New York with Morocco and the Polisario Front agreeing to meet again in Geneva next month.
The UN-backed negotiations hope to bring an end to the 35-year-old dispute.
United Nations special envoy to the region Christopher Ross said both parties “engaged in broad and frank discussions” on Western Sahara “despite the fact that each party continues to reject the proposal of the other as a basis for future negotiations.”
“The participants agreed to convene again in December as well as early next year,” he added.
The Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri told euronews that a resolution to the row is in the interests of the entire region.
“It’s not just a question of security but also of economic necessity,” he said on leaving the talks.
The Polisario Front wants a referendum on self-determination, with independence as one of the options.
The rift began in November 1975 when Morocco annexed the Western Sahara, which was then a Spanish colony.
Morocco’s action prompted a 16-year war with Polisario fighters backed by neighbouring Algeria until the United Nations brokered a ceasefire in 1991.