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Vol 37 No 10

Published 10th May 1996

No vote, no peace

Hostilities look set to flare again if the United Nations Security Council endorses the withdrawal of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso) in a debate this month. A proposal to withdraw all UN civilian staff and police, leaving just 200 military observers, is likely to be put to the Security Council after the Secretary General's report on 15 May. UN sources say they regard a withdrawal of civilians as inevitable unless Polisario and Morocco can reach a fresh agreement on terms for a referendum.

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