Western Sahara

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Mark Williams Mark Williams Liberal Democrat, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, column 419W, on Western Sahara, whether UK nationals in the part of Western Sahara not under Moroccan control are able to cross the berm to reach the embassy in Rabat.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

There are thousands of unexploded mines in Western Sahara, and occasional reports of fatal explosions. The only safe way to cross the Berm is by air.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice is clear that British nationals should register with the British embassy in Rabat before visiting Western Sahara. The British embassy can only provide emergency consular services in Western Sahara.

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