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Western Sahara

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice is made available to British travel companies as to the inadvisability of offering holidays in the western Sahara, the war zone of the conflict between the Polisario guerillas and the Moroccan army, in view of the fact that a number of holiday makers have been killed in that area.

Our current advice is that the territory of the western Sahara is disputed and the United Kingdom regards sovereignty as undetermined.Much of the territory is under military jurisdiction and travel is subject to restriction. We have no diplomatic representation in the territory and normal consular services are not available. We would, therefore, discourage travel outside the tourist areas.To the best of our knowledge there are no organised tours to the area.