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Referendum In Western Sahara

EDM number 977 in 1993-94, proposed by Mike Watson on 29/03/1994.

That this House notes the efforts of the UN and the Organisation of African Unity to decolonise the Territory of Western Sahara, occupied in violation of international law since 1975 by Morocco; notes that the two parties involved in the Western Sahara conflict, Morocco and Polisario agreed in 1988 that a free and fair referendum should take place to enable the people of the Territory to choose between independence and integration with the occupying power and that the electoral body which would participate in the referendum would be "all Saharans of eighteen years of age and above counted in the 1974 census conducted by the Spanish authorities before their withdrawal from the Territory"; regrets that to date, some two years after the planned date for the referendum, the UN has been unable to proceed; believes that this delay is due to a systematic campaign by Morocco, which has transferred tens of thousands of new settlers into the Territory, repeatedly violated the cease-fire and failed to reduce its military presence in the Territory; further welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament of 10th February 1994 which calls upon Morocco to cease arbitrary arrests, 'disappearances' and torture used in Morocco and Western Sahara and upon EU member states to "do everything they can in their political economic and trade practices with Morocco to end the system of 'disappearance' and implement the UN peace plan"' believes that the implementation of the UN plan as outlined in Resolutions 658 and 690 remains the only option to end the conflict; and calls upon the UN to use its good offices to this effect and the two parties to enter into direct negotiations to overcome outstanding differences.

This motion has been signed by a total of 55 MPs.

Mike Watson29/03/1994Glasgow CentralProposed
Ernie Ross29/03/1994Dundee WestSigned
David Young29/03/1994Bolton South EastSigned
Irene Adams29/03/1994Paisley NorthSigned
Jeremy Corbyn29/03/1994Islington NorthSigned
Richard Burden29/03/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
John McAllion29/03/1994Dundee EastSigned
Kate Hoey29/03/1994VauxhallSigned
Tony Worthington30/03/1994Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Dennis Turner30/03/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
John Battle30/03/1994Leeds WestSigned
Harry Barnes30/03/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Andrew Faulds30/03/1994Warley EastSigned
Derek Enright30/03/1994HemsworthSigned
Terry Davis30/03/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
John Cummings30/03/1994EasingtonSigned
Michael Connarty30/03/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Michael Clapham30/03/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Alan Meale30/03/1994MansfieldSigned
Bill Michie30/03/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Colin Pickthall30/03/1994West LancashireSigned
Peter Hardy30/03/1994WentworthSigned
Keith Hill30/03/1994StreathamSigned
Eric Illsley30/03/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Glenda Jackson30/03/1994Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Helen Jackson30/03/1994Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Lynne Jones30/03/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ken Livingstone30/03/1994Brent EastSigned
Ian McCartney30/03/1994MakerfieldSigned
Harry Cohen31/03/1994LeytonSigned
Jim Dowd31/03/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Norman Godman31/03/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Tony Banks31/03/1994Newham North WestSigned
John Heppell12/04/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Keith Vaz12/04/1994Leicester EastSigned
James Wray13/04/1994Glasgow ProvanSigned
Eddie Loyden13/04/1994Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Gerry Steinberg13/04/1994Durham, City ofSigned
Mike Hall13/04/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie13/04/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Eric Clarke13/04/1994MidlothianSigned
Keith Bradley13/04/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Robert Parry13/04/1994Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Greg Pope14/04/1994HyndburnSigned
Llew Smith14/04/1994Blaenau GwentSigned
William McKelvey14/04/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Ian Davidson14/04/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Roger Godsiff14/04/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Janet Anderson18/04/1994Rossendale & DarwenSigned
Anne Campbell19/04/1994CambridgeSigned
Tommy Graham20/04/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Kim Howells21/04/1994PontypriddSigned
John Gunnell21/04/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Martyn Jones27/04/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Estelle Morris11/05/1994Birmingham, YardleySigned

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