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    A United Nations mission investigating conditions in the spanish Sahara for a referendum, visited the phosphate mines of Bu Craa on Tuesday (14 May).

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    A United Nations mission investigating conditions in the spanish Sahara for a referendum, visited the phosphate mines of Bu Craa on Tuesday (14 May).

    The phosphate mines, one of the world's richest deposits, are being disputed by Spain, Morocco and Mauritania.

    The Spanish Sahara, over half the size of Spain, has a meagre population of sixty-five thousand. Many of these are pastoral nomads.

    The Spaniards rule this barren territory on the north-west coast of Africa. Until 1962, this desolate colony was unwanted. But after the discovery of the rich phosphate deposits, the neighbouring Arab states have been fighting for possession. Spain has already invested many millions on the mining operations at Bu Craa where the reserves could produce ten thousand million tons of phosphate annually for 150 years.

    The United Nations mission, headed by Simeon Ake, of the Ivory Coast, represent the UN Decolonisation Committee. It is investigating conditions for a referendum on self-determination. Morocco and Mauritania have submitted the issue to the World Court in the Hague for a ruling.

    Recently, commandos from a Saharan Resistance movement have clashed with Spanish military forces there. The resistance movement is pressing for liberation of areas under Spanish domination.

    They criticise the Spanish referendum and say that thousands of Spanish troops have disguised themselves as civilians and military garrisons have been transformed into villages.

    They claim the people of the Sahara had expressed their desires many times by sending representatives to Morocco to pledge their allegiance to King Hassan and to affirm their Moroccan character.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6JB40GVEXYFHLDFZ5SFA3H3OX
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JB40GVEXYFHLDFZ5SFA3H3OX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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