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Western Sahara: United Nations

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government’s policy is on the re-appointment of Peter van Walsum as UN special representative on the Western Sahara. (225438)

The Government welcomed the efforts made by Peter van Walsum, the former UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, to find a solution to the dispute. The appointment of personal envoys and special representatives is a matter for the UN Secretary-General, and we respect his independence in making such appointments. We look forward to working with the new personal envoy once he/she has been appointed.