Western Sahara: Armed Conflict

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 21st October 2021.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his UN counterparts on the mitigation of violence in the Western Sahara.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK fully supports UN-led efforts, as made clear in UNSCR 2548, to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, based on compromise that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. We have regular discussions with the UN, both in New York and in the region, as well as with the parties regarding the situation in Western Sahara. We welcome the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as Personal Envoy to Western Sahara and encourage the parties to make the most of this opportunity for a renewed political process.

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