Polisario tries EU Council over new EU-Morocco agricultural deal
The representation of the people of Western Sahara has today initiated legal proceedings against the EU Council over their decision to conclude a trade agreement for occupied Western Sahara with Morocco.
The Polisario Front, the UN-recognised representation of the people of Western Sahara, has today requested the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to annul the Decision of the European Council of 28 January 2019 to adopt a new Association Agreement with Morocco that will explicitly apply to the territory of Western Sahara.
Mhamed Khadad of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front stated that: "The Polisario Front regrets the attitude of the European decision-makers that have done everything to circumvent the Court's decisions, abusing their political and financial power. By this legal action, we underscore our faith in justice."
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