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 potential implications for his Department's policies of the UN Security Council’s decision to limit its recent extension of the mandate for the MINURSO peacekeeping mission to six months.

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)

The UK approved UN Security Council Resolution 2440 in October, which extended the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara's (MINURSO's) mandate by a further six months. The UK supports the work of MINURSO. The six‑month extension reflects the international community's desire for progress on the political track - we remain committed to finding a lasting and mutually acceptable solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

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