Western Sahara: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the referendum process in the Western Sahara with representatives of Polisario.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed the Western Sahara referendum process with representatives of the Polisario. However, when officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have met with the Polisario representatives to discuss Western Sahara, they have expressed our hope that a mutually acceptable political solution would be found, which would provide for the self determination of the people of Western Sahara. To this end, the UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy to the Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum.

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