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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK the matter of the movement of Moroccan settlers to occupied Western Sahara. (304824)

The Government have not discussed the movement of population between Morocco and Western Sahara with the Moroccan ambassador to the UK and have no plans to discuss the matter with Her Highness at this time.

The Government see the status of Western Sahara as undetermined and continue to believe that progress towards a negotiated solution to the dispute, providing for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, is best achieved under the auspices of the UN. To this end the UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross.