Following the recent tripartite agreement between Spain, Morocco and Mauritania over the future of Spanish Sahera, a group of leading Saharans have established a "Front for the Liberation and Reunion of Sahara with Mauritania" (F.
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Background: Following the recent tripartite agreement between Spain, Morocco and Mauritania over the future of Spanish Sahera, a group of leading Saharans have established a "Front for the Liberation and Reunion of Sahara with Mauritania" (F.L.R.S.M.).
Formation of the movement was announced by the group in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, on Sunday (16 November) after talks with President Moktar Ould Daddah.
All 13 of the Saharan delegates--who arrived in Nouakchott last week--represent various groups pressing for the liberation of the Spanish--occupied territory. Two are members of Polisario-the Algerian-backed group which openly opposed Morocco's recent peace march over the border to claim sovereignty over Spanish Sahara for King Hassan.
The F.L.R.S.M. has been warmly welcomed in Mauritania as a "move to recover and defend national unity and territorial integrity."
Mauritania's claims to sovereignty over Spanish Sahara conflicted with those of Morocco, but both countries say they are satisfied with the results of the agreement worked out with Spanish ministers in Madrid. This called for the setting up of temporary administration--made up of Spanish, Moroccan and Mauritanian representatives and delegates from the Spanish Sahara's local elected assembly, the Yemma-- and for Spain's withdrawal from the phosphate-rich territory.
Algeria has come out in opposition to the plan, and refuses to recognise the right of Spain, Morocco and Mauritania to dispose of the Sahara and the destiny of its population. The United Nations also has recommended that the General Assembly should take the relevant decisions on the territory's future.
President of the F.L.R.S.M., Mohammed Lemine Ould Houroumtallah, on Monday (17 November) sent a message to the U.N. Secretary-General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, informing him of the imminent arrival of a delegation from the movement seeking to address the General Assembly on the issue.