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Western Sahara: Natural Resources

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 136586, tabled on 18 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Moroccan counterpart on the extraction of natural resources from occupied Western Sahara.

Answered on

23 April 2018

We do not consider that Western Sahara is occupied; we consider that its status is undetermined. We look to all parties in Western Sahara, including businesses, to conduct their activities in accordance with international law, respecting the interests of the people of Western Sahara. I discussed with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mr Nasser Bourita, in January the UK's desire for a lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the dispute over Western Sahara that provides for the self-determination of the people of the territory.

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