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Western Sahara’s Polisario Front suspends contact with Spain

THE Polisario Front, Western Sahara’s independence movement, said it was severing ties with Spain after Madrid backed Morocco’s plan to give autonomy to the former Spanish colony.

Spain has supported the autonomy plan as a way to resolve a long-running dispute over Western Sahara, which Morocco considers its own territory.

But the Polisario, backed by Algeria, has rejected the autonomy proposal and wants an independence referendum.

The Polisario said the plan aimed to legitimise the annexation of Western Sahara “ignoring the inalienable rights of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.”

Last month, Spain told Morocco it considered the autonomy proposal for Western Sahara was “serious, credible and realistic.” read more

Spain’s backing of Morocco’s plan has helped to end a year-long diplomatic crisis between the two countries. read more

Moroccan-Spanish ties had soured when Spain admitted Polisario leader Brahim Ghali in April last year for medical treatment, without officially telling Rabat.

Madrid’s policy shift in favour of Morocco’s plan was criticised by lawmakers in Spain.

By The African Mirror