Sahrawi children play by the Feb. 27 refugee camp, near Raboumi. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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The U.N. envoy for Western Sahara has offered his resignation after leading efforts for eight years to settle the conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement, a senior U.N. official said Monday.Christopher Ross submitted his resignation in a letter sent last week to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is considering whether to make a new appointment.A former Spanish colony, Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco in 1975 .Morocco maintains that Western Sahara is an integral part of its kingdom despite a U.N. resolution that calls for a referendum on the future of the territory.
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