At a special meeting in Madrid on Friday (14 November) Spain, Morocco and Mauritania agreed to set up a tripartite temporary administration in Spanish Sahara, according to Spanish government sources.
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Background: At a special meeting in Madrid on Friday (14 November) Spain, Morocco and Mauritania agreed to set up a tripartite temporary administration in Spanish Sahara, according to Spanish government sources.
The agreement came at the end of three days of talks in the Spanish capital involving the three countries.
Spain will withdraw from the administration when it completes its evacuation of civilians and troops from the phosphate-rich desert territory.
The talks took place after Morocco's King Hassan ordered a halt last weekend to a "peace march" by 350,000 of his subjects into the territory.
The expected temporary administration will consult the 74,00 Saharans on their future, in line with United Nations resolutions calling for self-determination.
Mauritanian Foreign Minister Hamdi Ould Mouknass told newsmen at the end of the talks, " These negotiations reached a balanced agreement of the interests of the three countries."
Moroccan and Mauritanian plans to annex the territory are opposed by an Algerian-backed Saharan liberation movement -- the Polisario Front -- which is fighting for total independence.
Asked about possible Algerian reaction, the Mauritanian Foreign Minister said, "Mauritania has excellent relations with Algeria. It is our firm intention that these should continue."
Moroccan Prime Minister Ahmed Osman and Spanish Prime Minister Carlos Arias Navarro also took part in the talks.