Western Sahara

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 17 November 2004.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour/Co-operative, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Saharwi activists on their appeal to the UN to enforce Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, with reference to fulfilling UN resolutions on Western Sahara.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had no discussions with Saharan activists on their appeal to the UN to enforce Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials met representatives of the Polisario Front in London in September 2004, when UN enforcement of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in relation to the Western Sahara dispute was discussed.

UK policy is to support UN efforts to resolve the conflict in the Western Sahara and we urge all parties to work towards a mutually acceptable solution that provides the people of the Western Sahara with an opportunity to exercise their right to self-determination.

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