Ki-moon received SADR sea claim

The EEZ declaration of the Western Sahara republic has been officially received by the UN. The claim was mentioned in the Secretary-General's background report from last week.
Published: 20.04 - 2009 14:53Printer version    
In his report to the the Security Council, 13 April 2009, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon notices the maritime claim issued by the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic.

"On 22 January 2009, the Frente Polisario declared an exclusive economic zone for Western Sahara, which would extend 200 nautical miles from the coast of the Territory. Upon signing the declaration, the Secretary-General of the Frente Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, said in a public statement that the declaration was based on the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and to permanent sovereignty over their natural resources, and he called on the European Union to suspend its 2005 fisheries agreement with Morocco", the report reads.

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