Western Sahara: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Mark Williams Mark Williams Shadow Minister (Innovation, Universities and Skills), Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration has been given to the status of the Western Sahara as part of the discussions on Morocco's status with the EU.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The issue of Western Sahara, while not discussed within the context of Advanced Status, remains an integral part of the political dialogue between the EU and Morocco. Western Sahara was discussed during the EU-Morocco Association Council on 13 October. At the meeting the EU regretted the lack of progress on Western Sahara and reaffirmed that the next personal envoy of the UN Secretary General must resume and continue the work of their predecessor. The EU further stated that UN Security Council resolution 1813 provided an appropriate framework for future discussions within the UN and called for every effort possible to resolve this long-standing conflict.

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