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Vol 61 No 4

Published 20th February 2020


Territorial armies

An unresolved but dormant decolonisation dispute risks flaring up into renewed violence, threatening a 29-year-old ceasefire

Forty-five years into the conflict over Western Sahara, Morocco remains implacable in its determination to retain what it argues is its historical sovereignty over the disputed former Spanish colony. King Mohammed VI (M6) maintains a firm grip on the capital El Ayoun, the booming southern city of Dakhla, the Phos-Boucraa phosphate company and other parts of the 'useful Sahara'. The throne has endowed the territory with a huge new round of infrastructure spending and incentives for Sahrawis to give even more loyalty to Rabat.

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