Polisario will take EU Council to Court over fish deal
Following today's announcement that the EU will start talks with Morocco for a new fisheries protocol that will also be applied to Western Sahara, the representative body of the people of Western Sahara states it will "initiate new legal proceedings before EU Courts".
The Polisario Front, the UN-recognised representation of the people of Western Sahara, reacted wih a press release in which they say that "today's decision of the EU Council leaves no other choice to the Frente Polisario but to initiate new legal proceedings, on behalf of the people of Western Sahara, before EU Courts".
In February this year, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is only legally valid if not applied to Western Sahara. The ruling followed the reasoning behind the Court's judgment of December 2016, which stated that no EU trade or association agreement with Morocco could be applied to Western Sahara, without the consent of the people of the territory.
No consent has so far been sought by the Commission or Council.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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