The European Union has recognized the right of the Polisario Front to participate in the renegotiation of the EU Fisheries Agreement with Morocco, which would bring the parties to the same table for the first time since 2012 published today the online news media Africa Confidential.
According to African Confidential a high representative of the European Union for Trade. stated that “We must accept the decision of the European Court of Justice and this means that Polisario must participate in the negotiations”.
“I am convinced that we will convince Morocco that Polisario should be on the negotiating table,” he added.
Meanwhile TSA (Algerian online newspaper) confirmed that the European External Action Service contacted the Polisario representative in Brussels.
Meanwhile Morocco seeks to silence this new approach and the recognition of the Polisario Front as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people by the European Union, publishing news demanding the presence of Algeria at the negotiating table and not the Polisario Front.
A well-known strategy for Morocco, which does not want to give up the Saharawi territory that it has illegally occupied since 1975, and despite having signed the cease-fire agreement in 1991, it has never respected UN resolutions and systematically prevented the referendum on the self-determination of the Saharawi people.
Following recent discussions with officials from the European Commission, Representative of Frente POLISARIO to Europe Mohamed Sidati commented:
“The discussions covered a wide range of issues, from the ongoing attempts to include Western Sahara in EU-Morocco trade agreements without the consent of the Saharawi people via their legitimate Representative Frente Polisario, to the need for the EU to play a more proactive role in supporting efforts to revitalise the UN peace process. We welcomed the European Commission’s invitation to discuss these issues; and hope it signals the first step to a more constructive approach by the Commission.
During the meeting, we made clear our deep concerns at the ongoing negotiations to include Western Sahara in EU trade agreement with Morocco, and the absence of a transparent, legal, and credible process to obtain the consent of Frente Polisario, the legal Representative of the Saharawi people. Any economic agreement between the EU and Morocco that does not explicitly exclude Western Sahara will continue to strenghen Morocco’s illegal occupation. To this extent, we stressed our confidence in EU law, and our preparedness to return to the European Court of Justice concerning any such matters.
In parallel we reiterated our unequivocal commitment to the UN peace process through our ongoing, constructive engagement with the efforts of the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy H.E Horst Kohler. In this context, we reminded the Commission of the relevance of developments at the EU to the UN political process, and the need to ensure no obstacles are presented to the efforts of Mr Kohler.
Frente Polisario remains open and ready for constructive engagement, trade, and cooperation with the EU within the framework of international and EU law. A sustainable, stable, and prosperous future for the Maghreb is only possible through mutual respect for international law, justice, the principle of Self-determination, fundamental human rights and values.”