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Western Sahara

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 381W, on the Western Sahara, if he will make representations on Morocco's continued occupation of Western Sahara to the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK. (249643)

The Government continue to engage in regular discussions with all the parties to the western Sahara dispute, including Morocco.

We continue to urge the parties to make progress towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution providing for the self-determination of the people of western Sahara, negotiated under the auspices of the UN. We therefore welcome the recent appointment of Christopher Ross as the UN Secretary-General's new personal envoy to western Sahara and hope his appointment will lead to renewed engagement by all the parties.