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Morocco: EU External Relations

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the compliance of Morocco with UN Security Council resolutions calling for a referendum on self-determination was raised with Morocco in the recent meeting of the EU-Morocco sub-committee on human rights, democracy and governance. (244551)

Negotiations under UNHCR 1813 were not discussed at the 8 October EU-Morocco Human Rights Subcommittee meeting. Western Sahara was discussed at the EU Association Council meeting on 13 October.

The UK supports the negotiation process initiated in Manhasset in 2007 to achieve a political outcome to the Western Sahara question and has called on the parties to maintain their commitment to the negotiation process. The UK looks forward to the appointment by the UN Secretary General of a new Personal Envoy to take forward the next round of negotiations.