The UK is involved in illegal fishing activities in the territorial waters of occupied Western Sahara.
In April 2008, the European Commission provided data on the European fishing under the controversial EU-Moroccan Fisheries Agreement. Due to the vague definition of the territorial applicability of this agreement, it is entirely up to Morocco to determine whether or not fishing takes place in the territory it illegally occupies: Western Sahara. The United Kingdom was one of the countries active in the occupied waters of Afrika’s last colony.
As former UN Legal Counsel, Ambassador Hans Corell, stated “ it is obvious that an agreement…that does not make a distinction between the waters adjacent to Western Sahara and the waters adjacent to the territory of Morocco would violate international law". Corell added: "As a European I feel embarrassed". Read his entire statement here.
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