U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) walks out the helicopter as he arrives for a one day visit to the indigenous Sahrawi refugee camp of Al Smara in Tindouf, southern Algeria March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Sunday he has asked his envoy for Western Sahara to work to relaunch talks between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front on the disputed desert territory.The secretary-general made the announcement in Algiers, the main supporter of the Polisario Front which is demanding Western Sahara's independence from Morocco, and also voiced concern over the situation in neighboring Libya.Ban, who toured Burkina-Faso, Mauritania and a camp in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara, said Morocco and the Polisario Front had failed to make "real progress" towards an "acceptable" solution.Ban Saturday spoke of the plight of refugees as he began his visit to Algeria at the Smara refugee camp near Tindouf, 1,800 kilometers west of Algiers, near the border with Morocco.
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