Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco

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July 24: Moroccan authorities prevented a group of six Spanish citizens from visiting the disputed Western Sahara territory. It was the sixth Spanish delegation to be denied access since the end of May. Authorities accused the group of intending to propagate separatism in the former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco in 1975. [AFP, 7/24]

July 28: Morocco agreed to allow EU fishermen back into Moroccan waters for the first time since 1999, when a decade-long deal that had allowed EU boats access to Moroccan waters in return for millions of dollars worth of aid expired. The new agreement will come into effect in March 2006. IMEO, 7/28]

Aug. 16: Moroccan police detained 13 men suspected of planning attacks in Morocco with the help of an Algerian Islamist rebel group. An unidentified source said the cell was in contact with the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), the main Islamist group still fighting Algerian authorities in a 13-year insurgency. [Reuters, 8/16]

Aug. 18: The last Moroccan prisoners of war held by a group fighting for independence in the Western Sahara were released. The 404 men, detained in southern Algeria for almost 20 years, were the world's longestserving prisoners of war. The Polisario Front said it hoped the release would clear the way for peace in the Western Sahara. [BBC, 8/18]

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