Western Sahara: Referendums

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage a free and fair referendum on the governance of Western Sahara.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK is fully supporting UN-led efforts to encourage Morocco and the Polisario Front to agree a lasting and mutually-acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. I discussed the issue of Western Sahara with the Government of Morocco during my visit on 20 May.

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