Western Sahara: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th May 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 if he will make it his policy to meet representatives of the Polisario Front to discuss the status of Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government maintain contact with representatives of the Polisario at official level, both in London and through our embassies overseas. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has met with consultants working on behalf of the Polisario, where he reiterated the UK's support for the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy to the Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, and for the negotiation process currently under way under the auspices of the UN.

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