Though Amrani expressed the willingness of his government to reach a new deal with the EU, thereby allowing European vessels to fish in Moroccan waters, he went on to say that the European Parliament - which has to ratify any agreement - is a dinosaur preventing any progress.
However, the Moroccan diplomat stated also that the progress is being made and that a new protocol is on track. Amrani hailed the support of the fisheries sector to help reach a consensus. “The will to go forward exists. There are countries that are pushing, but the European Parliament also has something to say”, he explained.
It has been more than a year since the EU fishing fleet had to abandon the area, after the European Parliament had turned down the previous EU-Morocco fish accord for failing in terms of profitability and ecological sustainability. In addition, the Parliament has expressed its concern that the agreement was violating international law for including the waters of the Non-Self Governing Territory of Western Sahara - largely occupied by Morocco since 1975.
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.