Both parties have been accused of such violations by the UN, but to date there has been no serious hostile action from either side since 1991. The Moroccan government heavily subsidizes the Saharan provinces under its control with cut-rate fuel and related subsidies, to appease nationalist dissent and attract immigrants from Sahrawis and other communities in Morocco proper.[39]. On 18 December 2019, the Comoros became the first nation to open a consulate in Laayoune in support of Moroccan claims to Western Sahara. Several international human rights organizations expressed concern at what they termed abuse by Moroccan security forces, and a number of Sahrawi activists have been jailed. The Sahrawis are traditionally nomadic Bedouins with a lifestyle very similar to that of the Tuareg Berbers from whom Sahrawis most likely have descended, and they can be found in all surrounding countries. Western Sahara: Some Advice for President Biden – Robert M. Holley Updated October 9, 2020 02:10 PM EST Vice President Biden meets with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco November 19, 2014 in Fez to discuss a number of issues. This area has a very small population, estimated to be approximately 30,000 in 2008. Algeria and South Africa are Polisario’s key African supporters and vocal opponents of Morocco’s territorial integrity. [21], In the waning days of General Franco's rule, and after the Green March, the Spanish government signed a tripartite agreement with Morocco and Mauritania as it moved to transfer the territory on 14 November 1975. The deterioration in the status quo between Morocco and Polisario in the Western Sahara deserves greater attention because decisive action now may be able to preserve a ceasefire which has largely held since 1991. The last elections to the parliament's lower house were deemed reasonably free and fair by international observers. This area has a very small population, estimated to be approximately 30,000 nomads. One such exchange program to Spain is Vacaciones en Paz (Vacations in Peace), which is an annual holiday program that was created in 1988 and is organized by the Union of Sahrawi Youth (UJSARIO) in collaboration with 300 other associations throughout Spain. [12][13][14] However, a number of countries have expressed their support for a future recognition of the Moroccan annexation of the territory as an autonomous part of the Kingdom. The powers of the presidency are extensive, and they have been subject to modification in various constitutional amendments, the last occurring in 1995. [citation needed]. A field assessment in the vicinity of Bir Lahlou, Tifariti and the berms revealed that the densest concentrations of mines are in front of the berms. There is a consensus among Sahrawi women that they have always enjoyed a large degree of freedom and influence within the Sahrawi community.[108]. The Polisario Front claims to run this as the Free Zone on behalf of the SADR. [19] After an agreement among the European colonial powers at the Berlin Conference in 1884 on the division of spheres of influence in Africa, Spain seized control of Western Sahara and established it as a Spanish colony. It is presently based at the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria, which it controls. 06/12/2020 Free movement of goods and people . [6] A war erupted between those countries and a Sahrawi nationalist movement, the Polisario Front, which proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) with a government in exile in Tindouf, Algeria. In 1997, the Houston Agreement attempted to revive the proposal for a referendum but likewise has hitherto not had success. The original clan-/tribe-based society underwent a massive social upheaval in 1975 when the war forced part of the population to settle in the refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria, where they remain. The area is patrolled by Polisario forces,[81] and access is restricted, even among Sahrawis, due to the harsh climate of the Sahara, the military conflict and the abundance of land mines. Algeria shares a 26-mile-long border with Western Sahara. [97], In 2002, Hans Corell, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and head of its Office of Legal Affairs, issued a legal opinion on the matter. The new king, Mohammed VI of Morocco, opposes any referendum on independence, and has said Morocco will never agree to one: "We shall not give up one inch of our beloved Sahara, not a grain of its sand."[31]. [citation needed], While initial Spanish interest in the Sahara was focused on using it as a port for the slave trade, by the 1700s Spain had transitioned economic activity on the Saharan coast towards commercial fishing. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic (SADR), also known as the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic or Western Sahara, is a self-declared state that claims authority over the disputed territory of Western Sahara which is concurrently claimed and occupied by Morocco. It also controls the part of Western Sahara to the east of the Moroccan Wall, known as the liberated territories. Despite the fact that findings remain inconclusive, both Morocco and the Polisario have signed deals with oil and gas exploration companies. [11] In both instances, recognitions have, over the past two decades, been extended and withdrawn back and forth, depending on the development of relations with Morocco. The UN uses a number of 90,000 "most vulnerable" refugees as basis for its food aid program. [113] At this event, actors, directors, and film industry insiders from around the world join the Sahrawi people for a week-long festival of screenings, parallel activities, and concerts. Western Sahara's much-touted phosphate reserves are relatively unimportant, representing less than two percent of proven phosphate reserves in Morocco. Spain began rapidly to divest itself of most of its remaining colonial possessions. In 2005, MINURSO lodged a complaint to the Security Council of the United Nations for "military maneuvers with real fire which extends to restricted areas" by Morocco. The number of countries expressing solidarity with Morocco’s to restore the free movement of people and goods at the border crossing point of Guerguarat between Morocco and Mauritania is increasing. [17][18] The Beni Hassan then were at constant war with the Lamtuna nomadic Berbers of the Sahara. The Polisario has insisted on only allowing those found on the 1974 Spanish Census lists (see below) to vote, while Morocco has insisted that the census was flawed by evasion and sought the inclusion of members of Sahrawi tribes which escaped from Spanish invasion to the north of Morocco by the 19th century. Landmine Action UK undertook preliminary survey work by visiting the Polisario-controlled area of Western Sahara in October 2005 and February–March 2006. Western Sahara : Support from Togo. [112], FiSahara International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place in one of the southwestern refugee camps in Algeria. The office of the President of the SADR was established in August 1982, after a change in the constitution made by the fifth general congress of the Polisario Front, where it was decided the post were to be held by the Secretary-General of the Polisario. Morocco extended its control to the rest of the territory. Political leadership of trade agreement signatories such as the United States (US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement) and Norway (European Free Trade Association trade accord) have made statements as to these agreements' non-applicability – although practical policy application is ambiguous. Many of them have mixed Berber-Arab heritage, effectively continuations of the tribal groupings of Hassaniya-speaking and Zenaga-Berber speaking Moorish tribes extending south into Mauritania and north into Morocco as well as east into Algeria. Chairmen/Presidents of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (1976–present), Coat of arms of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, List of colonial governors of Spanish Sahara, Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution, "Mort du chef du Polisario Mohamed Abdelaziz", "Death of Sahrawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz: Polisario Front declares 40-day mourning", Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=President_of_the_Sahrawi_Arab_Democratic_Republic&oldid=992103447, Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Presidents of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 14:43. [77], A number of former Polisario officials who have defected to Morocco accuse the organisation of abuse of human rights and sequestration of the population in Tindouf.[78][79]. The Morocco-controlled parts of Western Sahara are divided into several provinces that are treated as integral parts of the kingdom. [109] In more official ways, women were consistently part of the Polisario Front, which in 1994 created the National Union of Sahrawi Women (NUSW). The consulate will be in Laayoune, the largest city in Western Sahara, and the decision to open it came after a phone call between King Mohammed VI and … According to Baker's draft, tens of thousands of post-annexation immigrants from Morocco proper (viewed by Polisario as settlers but by Morocco as legitimate inhabitants of the area) would be granted the vote in the Sahrawi independence referendum, and the ballot would be split three ways by the inclusion of an unspecified "autonomy", further undermining the independence camp. [citation needed] During the annual celebration of Muhammad's birthday, these lords paid their respects to the caliph to show loyalty to the Moroccan monarchy. Trade developed further, and the territory may have been one of the routes for caravans, especially between Marrakesh and Tombouctou in Mali. ", This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 10:58. [27] This was discussed by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, and envisioned an autonomous Western Sahara Authority (WSA), which would be followed after five years by the referendum. Spain terminated its presence in Spanish Sahara within three months, repatriating Spanish remains from its cemeteries.[22]. [10] Internationally, countries such as Russia have taken a generally ambiguous and neutral position on each side's claims, and have pressed both parties to agree on a peaceful resolution. The major ethnic group of Western Sahara are the Sahrawis, a nomadic or Bedouin ethnic group speaking the Hassānīya dialect of Arabic, also spoken in much of Mauritania. Over roughly five centuries, through a complex process of acculturation and mixing seen elsewhere in the Maghreb and North Africa, some of the indigenous Berber tribes mixed with the Maqil Arab tribes and formed a culture unique to Morocco and Mauritania. By 1974–75 the government issued promises of a referendum on independence in Western Sahara. A former Spanish colony, it was annexed by Morocco in 1975. But should Algeria … Read More >> [86] A concentration of forces for the commemoration of the Saharawi Republic's 30th anniversary[87] were however subject to condemnation by the United Nations,[88] as it was considered an example of a cease-fire violation to bring such a large force concentration into the area. The festival provides entertainment and educational opportunities for Sahrawi refugees alongside cultural celebrations for visitors and spectators. After arguing for a process of decolonization to be guided by the United Nations, the Algerian government under Houari Boumédiènne in 1975 committed to assisting the Polisario Front, which opposed both Moroccan and Mauritanian claims and demanded full independence of Western Sahara. Mines were laid in zigzags up to one meter apart, and in some parts of the berms, there are three rows of mines. President Buhari added that: “Nigeria remains committed to supporting the efforts of the AU and the UN towards finding a lasting solution to the Sahrawi problem.” The wide and active support by Nigerians for the liberation of Western Sahara is a warning to Morocco and its collaborators that they can no longer hold Africa down. For example, all drinking water for the city of Laayoune comes from desalinization facilities and costs 3 US dollars per cubic meter but is sold at the national price of 0.0275 US dollars; the difference is paid for by the government of Morocco. Thus, opening this file in 1975 has led to closing … The Polisario-controlled parts of Western Sahara are barren. [30] His resignation followed several months of failed attempts to get Morocco to enter into formal negotiations on the plan, but he met with rejection. [89][failed verification], UN sponsored peace talks, the first in six years between Morocco and Polisario, were held in Geneva on 5 December 2018, with both sides agreeing to meet again in a few months for further talks.[90][91]. Morocco controls 80% of the territory, including its phosphate deposits and fishing waters. There are also berms in the Moroccan-controlled zone, around Dakhla and stretching from Boujdour, including Smara on the Moroccan border. In welcoming President Ghali, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba reiterated the: “collective demand that Morocco must be isolated in the global space by all countries, not just in Africa but in the entire world until Western Sahara gains sovereignty, free from colonial control.” UN Security Council, "Deadly Clashes as Morocco Breaks Up Western Sahara Camp", "New expulsions of Spanish citizens from Western Sahara", "Deadly Clashes Stall Western Sahara-Morocco Peace Talks", "Morocco Suffers Legal Setback As EU Official Declares Western Sahara 'Not Part of Morocco, "UN Document Says Morocco Violated Western Sahara Cease-Fire", "Norwegian Refugee Council Report: Western Sahara, Occupied country, displaced people, 2008", "First foreign diplomatic post opens in Western Sahara", "Sahara: Gambia Opens Consulate in Dakhla, Dealing another Hard Blow to Polisario", "Sahara: Guinea Opens Consulate in Dakhla, Another Diplomatic Setback for Polisario", "Gabon Opens Consulate General in Laayoune", "Violent aggression against the Saharawi political prisoners in Salé", "A Brush With Morocco's Secret Police in Laayoune, Moroccan-Occupied Western Sahara (PHOTOS)", Maroc/Algérie. Indeed, shortly after the Houston Agreement (1997), Morocco officially declared that it was "no longer necessary" to include an option of independence on the ballot, offering instead autonomy. Open letter to President Ramaphosa, AU Chair African Union Summit ‘Silencing the Guns’ Member states and activists have used the summit to call on the AU to put more pressure on Morocco and the United Nations to revive the peace process and organise an independence referendum in Western Sahara. 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The SADR government whose troops also patrol the area have proclaimed a village in the area, Bir Lehlou and Tifariti, as SADR's former and actual temporary factual capitals. [112] The NUSW was structured at the local, regional, and national levels and concentrated on four areas: the occupied territories and emigration, information and culture, political and professional development, and foreign affairs. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which fought a war from 1975 to 1991, demands a … War and conflict has led to major population displacement. It has received vocal support from France and occasionally (and currently) from the United States. [98], In May 2006, the remaining company, Kerr-McGee, also left, following sales of numerous share holders like the National Norwegian Oil Fund, due to continued pressure from NGOs and corporate groups. Erik Jensen, who played an administrative role in MINURSO, wrote that neither side would agree to a voter registration in which they were destined to lose (see Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate). [92] The territory is otherwise thought to be economically unviable and unable to support its population without the Moroccan subsidies. [40] United Nations MINURSO forces are also present in the area. Western Sahara (Arabic: الصحراء الغربية‎‎ aṣ-Ṣaḥrā' al-Gharbiyyah; Berber languages: Taneẓroft Tutrimt; Spanish: Sáhara Occidental) is a disputed territory on the northwest coast and in the Maghreb region of North and West Africa. As of January 2007, the plan had not been made public, though the Moroccan government claimed that it was more or less complete.[32]. In a previously confidential legal opinion (published in February 2010, although it was forwarded in July 2009), the European Parliament's Legal Service opined that fishing by European vessels under a current EU – Morocco fishing agreement covering Western Sahara's waters is in violation of international law. [34], On 15 November 2010, the Moroccan government accused the Algerian secret services of orchestrating and financing the Gadaym Izik camp with the intent to destabilize the region. According to a NATO delegation, MINURSO election observers stated in 1999, as the deadlock continued, that "if the number of voters does not rise significantly the odds were slightly on the SADR side". Bluff et petites manœuvres, "La "Répudiation massive" de l'Algérie des colonels! Failed States. The African Union provides peacekeeping contingent to the UN mission which is deployed to control a buffer zone near the de facto border of walls built by Morocco within Western Sahara. In late 2009, Moroccan troops performed military maneuvers near Umm Dreiga, in the exclusion zone, violating the cease-fire. Polisario has intermittently threatened to resume fighting, referring to the Moroccan refusal of a referendum as a breach of the cease-fire terms, but most observers seem to consider armed conflict unlikely without the green light from Algeria, which houses the Sahrawis' refugee camps and has been the main military sponsor of the movement. [92], Due to the disputed nature of Moroccan sovereignty over the territory, the application of international accords to Western Sahara is highly ambiguous. At the same time, Morocco and Mauritania, which had historical and competing claims of sovereignty over the territory, argued that it had been artificially separated from their territories by the European colonial powers. Since a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire agreement in 1991, two-thirds of the territory (including most of the Atlantic coastline—the only part of the coast outside the Moroccan Western Sahara Wall is the extreme south, including the Ras Nouadhibou peninsula) has been administered by the Moroccan government, with tacit support from France and the United States, and the remainder by the SADR, backed by Algeria. Despite these possible inaccuracies, Morocco and the Polisario Front agreed on using the Spanish census as the basis for voter registration when striking a cease-fire agreement in the late 1980s, contingent on the holding of a referendum on independence or integration into Morocco. It gradually contained the guerrillas by setting up the extensive sand-berm in the desert (known as the Border Wall or Moroccan Wall) to exclude guerrilla fighters. Aside from its rich fishing waters and phosphate reserves, Western Sahara has few natural resources and lacks sufficient rainfall and freshwater resources for most agricultural activities. It also provided further detail on the referendum process in order to make it harder to stall or subvert. [114] Art as embodied in film has been a strong and popular medium that Sahrawi youth have used to express themselves, and share their stories of conflict and exile. The government has encouraged citizens to relocate to the territory by giving subsidies and price controls on basic goods. In August 2017, the UN chief appointed former German President Horst Köhler as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. [20] After 1939 and the outbreak of World War II, this area was administered by Spanish Morocco. The UN attempted to settle these disputes through a visiting mission in late 1975, as well as a verdict from the International Court of Justice (ICJ). [116], This article is about the geographical area. History of Ibn Khaldun Volume 6, pp80-90 by, Tomás Bárbulo, "La historia prohibida del Sáhara Español,", CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, Jacob Mundy – Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate Universit. (UNTV via One such artist is Mohamed Sayad, a Sahrawi artist that has been transforming the refugee camp landscape by creating works of art amongst the devastation in camps that have existed for four decades. [80] The official Moroccan government name for Western Sahara is the "Southern Provinces", consisting of the Río de Oro and Saguia el-Hamra regions. 2019. [107] These types of exchange programs that successfully create cross-border and cross-cultural relationships reinforce the usage of the Spanish language throughout subsequent generations of Sahrawi children. Instead, he proposes, through an appointed advisory body Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), a self-governing Western Sahara as an autonomous community within Morocco. The Polisario Front said Moroccan security forces had killed a 26-year-old protester at the camp, a claim denied by Morocco. Morocco has repeatedly tried to get Algeria into bilateral negotiations, based on its view of Polisario as the cat's paw of the Algerian military. The arrival of Islam in the 8th century played a major role in the development of the Maghreb region. ", "CountryWatch – Interesting Facts of the World", "Western Sahara: Baker Resigns As UN Mediator After Seven Years", "Times News – Bold, Authoritative, and True", "afrol News – No plans for a referendum in Western Sahara", Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara (13 April 2007)(ped). The United Nations considers it to be a "non-self-governing territory". [92] All of this is done to keep the balance of Western Sahara's finances. Catherine Constantinides at the Wall of Shame in Western Sahara earlier this year. It presents weapons, vehicles and uniforms, as well as abundant documentation history. At the heart of the dispute lies the question of who qualifies to be registered to participate in the referendum, and, since about the year 2000, Morocco considers that since there is no agreement on persons entitled to vote, a referendum is not possible. It was rejected by both sides, although it was initially derived from a Moroccan proposal. [36], In 2016, the European Union (EU) declared that "Western Sahara is not part of Moroccan territory. Morocco and organizations such as France Libertés consider Algeria to be directly responsible for any crimes committed on its territory, and accuse the country of having been directly involved in such violations.[50]. Polisario leaders maintain that they are ideologically opposed to terrorism, and insist that collective punishment and forced disappearances among Sahrawi civilians[48] should be considered state terrorism on the part of Morocco. Among the most arid and inhospitable on the planet, the land along the coast is low flat desert and rises, especially in the north, to small mountains reaching up to 600 metres (2,000 ft) on the eastern side. Several buildings, including a TV station, were also set on fire. The Western Sahara issue file has contributed to rising tensions between Algeria and Morocco. The precise size and composition of the population is subject to political controversy. [81][85][failed verification]. Formally, Morocco is administered by a bicameral parliament under a constitutional monarchy. Meanwhile, Polisario still insisted on a referendum with independence as a clear option, without offering a solution to the problem of who is qualified to be registered to participate in it. In 2013, the festival screened over 15 films from around the world including comedies, short films, animations, and documentaries. [110] Furthermore, Sahrawi women were endowed with major responsibility for the camp during long periods of absence by the men of the camp due to war or trade. Represented by the president of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Najeem Yasin, Ayuba reiterated: “As long as Western Sahara is … It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. Morocco was readmitted in the African Union on 30 January 2017 by ensuring that the conflicting claims between Morocco and the SADR would be solved peacefully and stopping the extension of its exclusive military control by building additional walls. Polisario accepted this voter list, as it had done with the previous list presented by the UN (both of them originally based on the Spanish census of 1974), but Morocco refused and, as rejected voter candidates began a mass-appeals procedure, insisted that each application be scrutinized individually. The stalemating of the Moroccan proposal options has led the UN in the recent "Report of the UN Secretary-General" to ask the parties to enter into direct and unconditional negotiations to reach a mutually accepted political solution. This event led to the introduction of graffiti art to the camps, and popular graffiti artists have come to the workshop to work with refugees. Photo: Heinrich Knoetze. [citation needed], Like other Saharan Bedouin and Hassaniya groups, the Sahrawis are mostly Muslims of the Sunni branch and the Maliki fiqh. The United Nations considers the Polisario Front to be the legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people, and maintains that the Sahrawis have a right to self-determination.[8][9]. [84] These forces are dug into permanent positions, such as gun emplacements, defensive trenches and underground military bases, as well as conducting mobile patrols of the territory. Every person present in the territory would be allowed to vote, regardless of birthplace and with no regard to the Spanish census. The UN forces oversee the cease-fire between Polisario and Morocco agreed upon in the 1991 Settlement Plan. These 86,425 Sahrawis were dispersed between Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and the refugee camps in Algeria, with smaller numbers in Mauritania and other places of exile. [81][84] The total size of the Polisario's guerrilla army present in this area is unknown, but it is believed to number a few thousand men, despite many combatants being demobilized due to the cease-fire. [citation needed] Certain powers, such as the capacity to appoint the government and to dissolve parliament, remain in the hands of the monarch. The interior experiences extreme summer heat, with average highs reaching 43–45 °C (109–113 °F) in July and in August; during winter, days are still hot to very hot, with average highs from 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F); however, in the northern part of the territory, the thermometer may drop below 0 °C (32 °F) at night and it can be freezing in December and in January, although this is rare. Some of the films were made by the refugees themselves. Sayad's work tells a consistent story, one that draws on his experience of protracted conflict and a life under Moroccan occupation. The portion not under the control of the Moroccan government is the area that lies between the border wall and the actual border with Algeria (for map see Minurso map). The contemporary history of the territory has experienced long-term international presence and occupation that has deeply influenced the cultural practices of the people, such as languages spoken throughout the territory and its institutions. Nationalism and Intra-State Conflicts in the Postcolonial World. Together with the Spanish High Commissioner, Belbachir selected from this list. [75][clarification needed] Jacob Mundi[76] considers this report as a part of the Moroccan propaganda designed to discredit the Polisario Front. Western Sahara: Sahrawi President Demands Withdrawal of Morocco From Occupied Territories. 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