Western Sahara is a region of northwestern Africa. Morocco virtually annexed the northern two-thirds of Western Sahara (formerly Spanish Sahara) in 1976, and the rest of the territory in 1979, following Mauritania's withdrawal. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front (Popular Front for the Liberation of the Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro) contesting Rabat's sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire; a referendum on final status has been repeatedly postponed and is not expected to occur until at least 2002.
From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Not Wikified.