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Western Sahara

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 491W, on Western Sahara, what reports he has received on whether MINURSO has monitored the confinement of Moroccan and Frente Polisario troops to designated locations as called for in its mandate.

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

MINURSO reports each year to the UN Security Council, most recently in document S/2012/197. MINURSO is mandated to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario, as set out in the military agreement between the two sides. The military agreement specifies restrictions in place in the restricted zone either side of the boundary between the two sides, but does not specify total numbers of Moroccan troops in Western Sahara.

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