March 25, 2024

King Hassan II of Morocco informed the French press in December 1988 that he was willing to talk to the Frente Popular para la Liberacidn de Saguia el-Hamra y Rio de Oro, known as the Polisario Front, which had been waging a war of national independence during the previous 15 years. Although the Moroccan Sovereign insisted that the subsequent meetings which took place on 4-5 January 1989 in Marrakesh constituted ‘discussions’ rather than ‘negotiations’, they undoubtedly represented a breakthrough in what has been dubbed by many as the ‘forgotten war’, not least because the mere acknowledgement of the Front’s existence was in itself a de facto recognition of the Sahrawi liberation movement.

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Source: Cambridge University Press

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