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Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the referendum process in the Western Sahara with his Moroccan counterpart. (196352)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed Western Sahara with his Moroccan counterpart. However, when I met the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mr. Taieb Fassi Fihri, during the UK-Morocco ministerial dialogue forum in July 2007, we discussed a wide range of issues relating to Western Sahara and expressed our hope that a mutually acceptable political solution would be found, which would provide for the self determination of the people of Western Sahara. 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.