United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim flew to Spain on Wednesday (11 June) for a three day official visit to try and find a solution to the problem of the Spanish Sahara.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim flew to Spain on Wednesday (11 June) for a three day official visit to try and find a solution to the problem of the Spanish Sahara.
Mr. Waldheim came directly from Rabat, the Moroccan capital, where he had discussions with king Hassan on the desert colony
Spain plans to grant the territory independence but both Morocco and Mauritania have claimed the territory which has orders with each of them. Mr. Waldheim has also visited Mauritania and Algeria for discussions in his search for a solution to the problem.
In Madrid, Mr. Waldheim made a statement in French. He said he was anxious to find out the Spanish Government position regarding the territory. And he described the problem as "very serious".
Earlier, in Rabat, Mr. Waldheim told newsmen the aim of his tour was to obtain information. "I do not intend to undertake any action for the moment," he said, "because there are a number of aspects which must be taken into consideration."