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Wednesday, 13 December, 2000, 15:45 GMT
Polisario frees Moroccan prisoners

The Polisario independence movement in Western Sahara says it's releasing two-hundred Moroccan prisoners for humanitarian reasons.

A similar move was announced for Ramadan last year.

Polisario also called on Morocco to release a-hundred-and-fifty Sahrawi prisoners, though Morocco says it's not holding them.

Polisario recalled that it had released around eight-hundred prisoners since a cease-fire in 1991.

But it's still holding more than fifteen-hundred Moroccans, most of whom have been held for more than twenty years. The United Nations has been trying for years to organise a referendum on the territory's future, but it's been repeatedly delayed because of disagreements over who is eligible to vote.

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