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Western Sahara: Human Rights

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Moroccan counterpart on alleged human rights violations in Western Sahara. (295879)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed the human dimension of the Western Sahara conflict with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mr. Fassi Fihri, when they met in June this year. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have continued this dialogue with their Moroccan counterparts, encouraging the need for openness and transparency as a way of building confidence between the parties to the conflict.