Saturday, October 21, 2006

UK and Western Sahara Conflict

UK-SADR/REFERNDUM
Great Britain reiterates its support to Saharawi people's right to self-determination
London, 20/10/2006 (SPS) The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Kim Howells, affirmed that the United Kingdom of Britain will take, during the debates within the UN Security Council on the question of the Western Sahara, a decisive role conforming to its position that supports the just settlement of the dispute within the framework of the UN and guarantee the Saharawi people's right to self-determination.
The British House of Commons will organise on Tuesday, for the first time in its life, a debate in its plenary on the question of the Western Sahara with the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Margaret Beckett, has announced Mr. Howells, the Minister in charge for the Middle East, North Africa and Intentional Security, in his answer to a question by the Parliamentarian, David Drew, who asked about the British position on the situation.
The United Kingdom, underlines its "support to the efforts deployed by the UN Secretary General and his Special Envoy Peter Van Walsum, aimed to convince e parties to the conflict to accept a permanent political solution that provides for the Saharawi people's right to self-determination".
In his annual report on human rights, publicised last week, the British Minister for Foreign Affairs, stressed the need to find "a political solution accepted by the two parties" to the conflict of the Western Sahara, which includes Saharawi people's right to self-determination. (SPS)
010/090/700/TRD 201517 oct 06 SPS



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