UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 29th November 2021.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UN Security Council's decision on 29 October to extend the mandateĀ of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara until 31 October 2022, what representations they have made to the UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy regarding his role in (1) de-escalating tensions in the region, and (2) working towards a political solution for the region over the next 12 months.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK supports UN-led efforts to reach a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. 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 UK senior officials have met with him in New York. We encourage the parties, neighbouring states, and international partners to make the most of this opportunity for a renewed political process, including a return to a ceasefire.

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