The UN has called for negotiations to end the
three-decade long conflict [AFP]
It is a diplomatic breakthrough in the dispute over the Western Sahara. Morocco and the independence movement, the Polisario, have agreed to talk directly; an answer to the call from the UN to negotiate an end to the conflict that goes back more then three decades.

But the two sides remain divided on solutions. Morocco is proposing regional autonomy for the Western Sahara, while the Polisario's plan for independence includes a referendum.

So, they might be talking again, but can the two sides find common ground? And what role would the UN and the international community play to push for a lasting solution?

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