Libreville, capital city of the Gabonese Republic, was the centre for a series of talks on the decolonisation of Angola and the dispute over the future of the Spanish Sahara last week.
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Background: Libreville, capital city of the Gabonese Republic, was the centre for a series of talks on the decolonisation of Angola and the dispute over the future of the Spanish Sahara last week.
On Monday (6 January) the President and Prime Minister of Mauritania, Moktar Ould Daddah, arrived in Libreville for talks with Gabonese President Omar bongo. They discussed bi-lateral relations, Angola -- and most important for Mauritania, the future of the Spanish Sahara.
Recently Moroccan claims to the latter territory have led to a sharp deterioration in relations between Mauritania, which has a much more extensive land border with the Spanish Sahara, and Morocco. The area is rich in phosphates and the Spanish Government is currently mining the area at top speed.
On the Angolan issue, the President of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola, Senhor Holden Roberto, was in Libreville at the same time as president Ould Daddah. The leaders of the two other Angolan independence groups, Senhor Jonas Savimbi and Dr. Agostino Neto also visited the Gabonese Republic around the same period.