U.S. Policy and the Conflict in the Western Sahara, Hearings Before the Subcommittees on Africa and the International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, First Session, July 23 and 24, 1979   [open pdf - 37MB]

This is the July 23 and 24, 1979 hearings titled "U.S. Policy and the Conflict in the Western Sahara" held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Stephen J. Solarz: "Today the two subcommittees will begin joint hearings on one of the most important and perplexing issues confronting Africa. [...] The current military struggle in the western Sahara between the Polisario independence movement backed by Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Mauritania poses the question of whether or not a people has achieved self-determination in accordance with prevailing international standards. It also presents a major threat to peace and political stability in Northern Africa and contains serious implications for U.S. international diplomacy in the Middle East and Africa." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George M. Houser, Anne Lippert, I. William Zartman, William Quandt, and Harold Saunders.

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