Western Sahara. The long-delayed referendum in V. could
not be carried out in 1996 either. In January, the UN
extended the mandate for MINURSO (UN Mission for the
Referendum in Western Sahara) until last May. But when it
was said that nothing had happened when it came to
approaching the Moroccan government and the leaders of the
V's liberation movement Polisario regarding a referendum in
the area, the UN Security Council on May 29 decided to
withdraw MINURSO. At the same time, it was decided to reduce
UN troops in the area by 20%.
In April, Amnesty International condemned the "serious
human rights violations" committed by "Moroccan security
forces in Western Sahara".