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Morocco: Joint Exercises

Defence written question – answered on 3rd February 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Hansard, column 1301W, on Morocco: armed forces, for what reason a news article of 24 October 2008 on his Department's website on training and adventure states that a joint exercise had taken place partly in the Atlas Mountains and partly in the Western Sahara.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Defence intranet site and the MOD internet site contained an article which reported British forces and the Royal Gibraltar Regiment training in Morocco. More specifically it referred to training in the Western Sahara. This article was ambiguous: all training was conducted within Morocco, including areas in the western Sahara desert, not in Western Sahara. The article has been amended to remove this ambiguity. It remains the case that British armed forces do not conduct military activity in Western Sahara, the status of which has yet to be determined by the UN.

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