UN warns of risk of Mali war spillover in Western Sahara

By REUTERS
April 9, 2013 07:21

 
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UNITED NATIONS - The conflict in Mali threatens to spill over into the disputed territory of Western Sahara and the Polisario Front independence movement has warned the United Nations of the possibility of "terrorist infiltrations," the UN chief said in a new report.

Morocco took control of most of Western Sahara in 1975 when colonial power Spain withdrew, prompting a guerrilla war for independence that lasted until 1991 when the United Nations brokered a cease-fire and sent in a peacekeeping mission known as MINURSO.

"During meetings with MINURSO, Frente Polisario commanders have not ruled out terrorist infiltrations," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the 15-nation Security Council obtained by Reuters on Monday.

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