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Western Sahara

Polisario, the armed liberation movement of Western Sahara, declared in late March that its 15-year ceasefire was at risk after Morocco expelled 73 internationals who staff a UN monitoring mission in Western Sahara, and suspended funding for MINURSO.

Morocco’s action was sparked by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s use of the term ‘occupation’ during a visit to Saharawi refugee camps.

Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara since 1975.