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Western Sahara: Politics and Government

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received representations from the UN on Morocco’s claim of sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement. (212229)

The UK has not received representations from the UN on Morocco’s claim of sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara. The UK regards the sovereignty of Western Sahara as undetermined pending UN efforts to find a solution. The UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

UN Security Council Resolution 1813 of November 2007 extended the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara and called on the parties to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. The UK fully supports these negotiations and has called on the parties to continue to engage in the process in a spirit of realism and compromise.

The UK maintains regular contact with Mr. van Walsum, both at the UN in New York and when he has visited the UK.