HC Deb 04 July 1979 vol 969 cc590-1W
Mr. Alton

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he supports self-determination for the Western Sahara; if he is prepared to recognise the Polisario Front; and if he will make a statement on the present situation.

Mr. Luce

The Government's policy is to encourage the parties to the Western Sahara conflict to reach a peaceful solution through the mediation of the Organisation of African Unity and on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions. An ad hoc committee of the United Nations has recently visited the area and made recommendations. In common with a majority of Governments, the United Kingdom does not have formal contacts with the Polisario Front.

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