Western Sahara: Natural Resources:Written question - 42994

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
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Asked on: 18 July 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Western Sahara: Natural Resources
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will call for an end to the extraction of natural resources from Western Sahara through agreements that disregard the interests and wishes of the indigenous Saharawi people.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 21 July 2016

UK policy on commercial activity in Western Sahara is clear and longstanding and follows the legal opinion sought by the UN in 2002: that such activity is not in itself in violation of international legal principles unless it proceeds without respect to the interests and wishes of the people of Western Sahara. We continue to urge any commercial entity considering investing in Western Sahara to follow this advice and seek their own legal advice.

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