Africa: Asylum

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

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees report on camps in the occupied territories of the Western Sahara and Algeria.

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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not aware of a recent report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Western Sahara or the camps in Western Sahara and Algeria. However my hon. Friend may be interested to learn that the high commissioner is considering visiting the region early next year.

The UK strongly supports UNHCR's activities in Western Sahara as elsewhere. The UK continues to believe that the resolution of humanitarian questions should not await the conclusion of a political settlement. The UK, along with EU partners, has called on Morocco and the Polisario to deal with outstanding human rights issues and implement measures that will increase people's confidence.

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