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EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) she and (b) diplomatic and consular staff plan to meet (i) Polisario and (ii) the Moroccan authorities to discuss the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement. (77170)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no plans to discuss the EU/Morocco Fisheries Agreement with either the Polisario Front or the Moroccan authorities. However, on my recent visit to Morocco on 6 June, I discussed this issue with the Moroccan Deputy Foreign Minister. Officials have also discussed the agreement with representatives of both the Moroccan Government and members of the Polisario Front.

The UK's position on the issue is clear. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Ben Bradshaw) to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mr Mike Hancock) on 2 May (Official Report, column 1315W).