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Vol 55 No 3

Published 7th February 2014

No end to deadlock

The region has long been a bone of contention between Algeria and Morocco – and natural resource opportunities are forcing it up the agenda

The impasse over the sovereignty of the former Spanish Sahara is still preventing the five Union du Maghreb arabe (UMA) nations from achieving regional unity. Prospects of ending the enmity between Morocco and Algeria, the main backer of the Polisario Front liberation movement, are not good but the need for resolution is growing. It would unlock development in the territory, settle populations currently living in camps and urban slums and could relaunch the UMA. Reopening the Algerian-Moroccan border alone could add 1-2% to the kingdom’s GDP.

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