US welcomes Morocco decision on Haidar, calls for new talks
The United States Thursday said Morocco's decision to readmit a Western Sahara activist Aminatou Haidar back home was an act of "generosity" that also underscored the urgent need for a permanent solution to the Western Sahara conflict, dpa reported.
"I join United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in calling for a fifth round of formal UNsponsored Manhasset talks at the earliest possible date," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement.
Haidar on Thursday left the Spanish island of Lanzarote for Western Saharan capital Laayoun on board a plane provided by Spain, on the 32nd day of her hunger strike.
Spain and Morocco had reached an agreement, but the specific terms were not yet known, Spanish media reported.
Haidar would not need a passport, nor would she have to apologize to Morocco's King Mohammed VI, as had initially been demanded by Morocco, said Carmelo Ramirez, a representative of a group supporting Haidar.
Ramirez said a solution had been reached in negotiations involving Morocco, Spain, the United States and the European Union.
Haidar defends the independence of Western Sahara, which Morocco annexed after the colonial power Spain pulled out in 1975.
The 42-year-old mother of two launched a hunger strike at Lanzarote airport after Morocco barred her entry to Laayoun, seized her passport and deported her to the Canary Island in mid-November.