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Western Sahara: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 111689, tabled on 6 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) discuss with the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK and (b) instruct the UK Ambassador in Rabat to investigate the reasons for the expulsion of five MEPs from the Non-Self-Governing Territory of Western Sahara.

Answered on

13 November 2017

‚ÄčThis is primarily a matter for the European Parliament and the Moroccan authorities to resolve, although we understand that the group of Members of the European Parliament were not visiting in an official capacity. I therefore have no current plans to raise this issue with the Moroccan Ambassador. The UK's longstanding position is to support the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the situation in Western Sahara, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.

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