eldia.es Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 6 / Mar / 18
Mohamed Khadad, head of the Polisario Front’s external relations with MINURSO, warned today that if the decision of the European Court of Justice is not respected and a final agreement is reached, fishing vessels in the Canaries will be prohibited from exploiting fishing resources in the waters of Western Sahara.
“Fishing in the waters of Western Sahara is a tradition of the Canaries, we respect and want them to continue, but we can not accept that Morocco is negotiating and benefiting from the exploitation of resources,” Mohamed Khadad said in a press conference today.
Khadad also recalled that the Polisario Front will be open from today on to open negotiations and agreements within the legal framework defined by the Court of Justice of the European Union for the continuation of fishing in Saharawi waters.
For his part, Polisario Front lawyer Gilles Devers recalled that the aim of the movement is the liberation of the Saharawi territory, and stressed the need for governments not to turn this case into an economic issue of “simple” fishing rights.
The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union, which establishes, by virtue of the Charter of the United Nations and the principle of self-determination of the peoples, that Morocco and Western Sahara are separate and distinct territories, should not be read in terms of winners and defeated, but in the key of victory of justice and peace, explained Khadad.
The Saharawi people have the law on their side, indicates the Polisario Front in a statement, and at the press conference Gilles Devers has asked the Canary Islands companies to refrain from all economic activity in the occupied territory of Dakhla.
He also stressed that calling canary entrepreneurs to invest in the occupied areas of Western Sahara is to incite crime and illegality, and any economic activity will be reported to the competent courts.
It is the third decision of justice favorable to the Saharawi population, and although Devers has warned that the sentence will not give independence to the Saharawi people, he has acknowledged that it represents “very significant” progress.
The conference was included in the “ULL Dialogues”, a series of interviews at the University of La Laguna in which different personalities of the business and social world are introduced.