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Friday, 10 March, 2000, 22:09 GMT
UN postpones session on Western Sahara


The United Nations Security Council has postponed a special session on the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

A UN spokesman , Fred Eckhard, said the closed-door consultation might be held next week. The UN has been trying for more than eight years to organise a referendum to decide whether the disputed territory should be incorporated into Morocco or become independent. The call for the UN session came amid reports of serious unrest in the territory .

A representative of the group campaigning for independence, the Polisario Front, said there was a heavy Moroccan security presence in the capital Laayoune, after students demonstrated last Saturday, demanding the release of activists.

But Morocco dismissed the reports, accusing Polisario of exaggeration and propaganda.

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