A general view of a part of the refugee camp of Boudjdour in Tindouf, southern Algeria March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria Saturday as part of efforts to restart negotiations to end a dispute between the Polisario independence movement and Morocco over the Western Sahara territory.Algeria backed Polisario in the conflict against regional rival Morocco.The U.N. chief will visit refugee camps and schools in the Tindouf area and meet with the Polisario leadership there.Polisario, backed by Algeria and a number of other African states, wants to hold a long-delayed referendum promised in the U.N. ceasefire deal on the region's future.Morocco wants Western Sahara, which is rich in phosphates and possibly offshore oil and gas, to be an autonomous part of Morocco and disagrees with Polisario over who should take part in the referendum.
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