§ Mr. Fatchett
Foreign Office officials in both London and New York hold regular meetings with representatives of the Polisario Front; they have also visited the Polisario camps in Tindouf.
In late 1998 the UN Secretary-General introduced a package of proposals intended to speed up the referendum process. These were accepted in full by the Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania, but Morocco sought clarification on several issues. Since then Morocco has signed the Status of Forces Agreement and has agreed to formalise the presence of UNHCR in the Western Sahara. The mandate for MINURSO has been extended until the end of March 1999 to allow for further discussions between the UN and the Moroccan authorities on the remaining outstanding issues.