UNSC 'enthusiastic' about W. Sahara negotiations

Members of the UN Security Council enthusiastically support negotiations between Morocco and Polisario Front rebels on the future of the long-disputed Western Sahara region, the council president said. Last week, Morocco proposed that the mineral-rich territory govern itself while remaining part of the North African kingdom, while the Polisario reiterated its demand for a referendum that would offer Saharawis a choice of autonomy or independence from Morocco.