This file photo taken on Oct. 25, 2013 shows a Moroccan woman wearing a burqa walking in front the Jail of Sale near Rabat. (AFP / Fadel SENNA)
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI has ruled out any peace deal that allows for the independence of the Western Sahara as the United Nations renews efforts to resolve the decades-old dispute.A UN peacekeeping force has been deployed in the former Spanish colony since 1991 with a mandate to organize a referendum on its independence or integration with Morocco.Morocco agreed to the vote in a 1988 agreement with the pro-independence Polisario Front that ended 13 years of conflict but has since blocked it being held, saying it will accept only autonomy for the territory.The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in April that called for a new push for talks between Morocco and the Polisario.Morocco controls all of the territory's main towns.Morocco's claim to the territory is supported by the Arab League.
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