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Morocco: Politics and Government

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the Moroccan initiative for autonomy for Western Sahara; and if she will make a statement. (143081)

The UK regards the status of Western Sahara as undetermined, pending UN efforts to find a solution. To this end, the UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy to the Western Sahara, Peter Van Walsum, to assist the parties to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self determination of the people of Western Sahara.

On 30 April the UN Security Council adopted UN Security Council Resolution 1754, which took note of Morocco’s proposal presented to the UN Secretary-General on 11 April, and called for both sides to enter into negotiations without preconditions.

The UK welcomes the prospect of negotiations between Morocco, the Polisario and their neighbours to be hosted by the UN on 18-19 June. The UK continues to support the process.