Western Sahara

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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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 steps the UK has taken to encourage a settlement of the disputed fishing lands off Dakhla, Western Sahara.

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

The UK Government have had no recent discussions regarding fishing lands off Western Sahara.

However the EU has, on several occasions held discussions with Morocco on fishing since the expiry of the EU Morocco fisheries agreement on 30 November 1999.

The Government regard the sovereignty of Western Sahara as undetermined pending United Nations efforts to find a solution to the dispute over the territory. We fully support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to find a fair and lasting solution.

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