Senegal's President Leopold Sedar Senghor has been discussing common political and economic problems with Mauritanian President, Lt.
Senegal's President Leopold Sedar Senghor has been discussing common political and economic problems with Mauritanian President, Lt. Colonel Mustapha Ould Saleck in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital. They discussed the situation in the Western Sahara where Mauretania has been negotiating with the rebel Polisario Front to stop the fighting there.
SYNOPSIS: President Ould Saleck and his Prime Minister, Lt. Colonel Ahmed Ould Bouceif met President Senghor at the Nouakchott airport on Monday (9 April). President Senghor who has been Senegal's Head of State since 1960 was repaying a visit made by President Saleck to Senegal in October last year. Ten as now a settlement of the Western Sahara dispute is of paramount importance to both countries.
Early this month President Saleck who seized power in a coup last July...dismissed his government and announced a new supreme military committee to rule under his leadership. The change is expected to give President Saleck and his army greater powers in trying to resolve the Western Sahara dispute. The area was divided between Mauretania and Morocco in 1976 and the Polisario Front have greatly weakened the Mauretanian economy through a guerrilla war. Negotiations with the Polisario are at a stalemate. Senegal tends to support the right of the people of the Western Sahara to self determination.