Reuters: Simmering Saharan conflict stirred by offshore oil search

Mon Jan 13, 2014
By Lin Noueihed

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Oil firms stepping up plans to drill off the coast of disputed Western Sahara could be diving into murky legal waters and risk exacerbating one of Africa’s oldest territorial disputes.
Morocco has issued exploration licenses for blocks in the Atlantic waters off Western Sahara, a desert tract that it mostly controls but that is also claimed by an Algerian-backed independence movement that deems those contracts illegal  (cont.)