The British Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, James Cleverly, has reaffirmed the UK’s position on the conflict in Western Sahara, calling for a return to the UN-led political process.
“The UK regularly discusses the situation in Western Sahara with the parties. We continue to urge the parties (Polisario Front/Morocco) to avoid further escalation, return to a ceasefire and re-engage with the UN-led political process,” he declared in response to a written question from Labour MP Graham Morris.
He affirmed that the UK “fully supports the UN’s efforts to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara”.
Asked by MP Navendu Mishra whether the British Government had seized Morocco to respect the right of the Saharawis with regard to the exploitation of their resources, James Cleverly replied that the United Kingdom took note of the legal view of the 2002 UN, according to which commercial activity in Western Sahara (including the exploration and exploitation of natural resources) should be for the benefit of the people of Western Sahara.