The insurgency from the Polisario led Spain to declare its withdrawal from the area.
MAY: UN officials visit Western Sahara which reaffirms overwhelming Saharawi aspirations for independence
OCTOBER 16th: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules in favor of Saharawi self-determination, rejecting Morocco's attempt to assert control over the territory
OCTOBER 31st: Morocco begins its military invasion of Western Sahara
NOVEMBER 6th: King Hassan II of Morocco orders the mobilisation of 350,000 Moroccan civilians into Western Sahara to reclaim "ancestral lands" in the Green March
NOVEMBER 14th: Spain, Morocco, and Mauritania secretly sign the Madrid Accords, which effectively gave over administrative
control of Western Sahara to Morocco and Mauritania