United Nations, Dec. 6 -- Talks have begun at the UN on the future of Western Sahara, the first in six years.

In 1991, the UN helped bring an end to fight in the territory, before setting up a peacekeeping mission there, the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Delegations from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania are present at the round-table meeting in Geneva.

It will involve two days of talks that have been convened by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, former President Horst Kohler of Germany, the UN confirmed in a statement.

"The meeting is the first of its kind in six years and takes place in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2440 as a first step towards a ...