US calls Morocco and Algeria to ”seize on the opportunity”
Hundreds of Moroccan soldiers held for years by Western Sahara activists were released Thursday under a U.S.-supervised agreement. Two U.S. military-chartered planes brought the 404 Moroccans to Agadir a few hours after their release. Some had been held for up to 20 years by the Polisario Front at prison camps in Algeria's southwest desert even though fighting ended in 1991, The AP reported.
Following the release, senator Richard G. Lugar, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations urged Morocco and Algeria to "seize on the opportunity presented by the release of all the remaining prisoners to create a regional climate conductive to a settlement of the Sahara issue".