Western Sahara: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th December 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcomes of UN-facilitated roundtable discussions on Western Sahara, held in Geneva on 5-6 December 2018.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for a resumption of formal, UN-facilitated talks on a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Western Sahara; and what steps the Government is taking to support a resumption of such talks.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

‚ÄčThe dispute over Western Sahara is longstanding; finding a lasting and mutually acceptable solution providing self-determination for the people of Western Sahara may take time. Nevertheless, the convening by the UN Envoy, Horst Koehler, of an initial roundtable with the parties and neighbouring states in Geneva on 5-6 December is a positive step. The UK will encourage the participants to remain engaged with Mr Koehler, with a view to making further progress.

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