MEPs question EU over Western Sahara

The EU was questioned on its position on the current situation in Western Sahara and on the plunder of Saharawi natural resources

According to information from SPS, the official Saharawi news agency, the deputy of the European Parliament of the Communist Party of Greece, Kostas Papadakis, questioned the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy about “the worrying situation in the occupied areas of Western Sahara, after the November 13 ceasefire violation by Morocco ”asking“ what is the EU’s position in relation to existing efforts to deal with this Moroccan violation ”calling on them to redouble these efforts and end the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara and supporting the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

MEP Kostas reminded the European Union “the continued suffering that the Saharawi people have endured for decades and the growing rejection of the Saharawi people of the illegal Moroccan occupation, which continues to plunder their natural resources, impoverishing and oppressing Saharawis more and more.”

With regard to the plundering of natural resources, Danish MEP from the Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance, Ms. Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, asked the European Commission about fisheries products from Western Sahara and how it can ensure that the import of these products under the Agreement signed with Morocco does not violate the opinion of the European Court of Justice issued on 27 February 2018. She also asked the Commission to clarify what measures have been taken to prevent Moroccan ships from carrying out their activities in the Saharawi waters requesting the suspension of the agreement with Morocco if it violates the decision of the EU Court of Justice.

Ms. Peter-Hansen reminded the Commission that “the decision of the European Court of Justice of 27 February 2018 concluded that the Association Agreement between the European Union and Morocco in the fisheries sector is only valid if it excludes the corresponding fishing zone of the territorial waters of Western Sahara ”.