The United Nations considers Western Sahara as Africa's last territory to be decolonized. Still, its envoys have failed to set the stage for a referendum on its future since a ceasefire was signed 30 years ago between Morocco, which had annexed it in 1975, and the independence-seeking Polisario Front.
Hostilities have remained at a relatively small scale. However, Polisario officials told The Associated Press that at least 8 of its soldiers have died in combat or retreating from attacks launched on Moroccan army positions along the wall.
In their constant search for allies, both Morocco and the Polisario have sought to win diplomatic battles in the U.N. and other stakeholders.
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