UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 20 October told the government of Morocco that it should accept the peace plan for Western Sahara that was recommended by former US Secretary of State James Baker. The plan, which would make the territory a semi-autonomous part of Morocco for a four or five-year period, would allow residents of the Western Sahara to choose independence, continued semi-autonomy or integration with Morocco (MEED 7:11:03).