South Africa will lead the Saharawi struggle during its membership in the UN Security Council

Pretoria (South Africa), December 12, 2019 (SPS) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of South Africa, Lindiwe Sisulu, said in a statement that her country “will use its membership in the UN Security Council to defend the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination “.

The South African chancellery expressed its satisfaction by the resumption of the negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco, the days 5 and 6 of December in Geneva, under the auspices of United Nations and in fulfillment of the resolution 2440 of the Security Council.

Lindiwe Sisulu reaffirmed her country’s support for the negotiations, which she described as positive, and declared that “South Africa is pleased that the Polisario Front and Morocco have been able to meet to seek a political solution.”

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Rapporteur of the EP of the pact to include the Sahara in the agreement with Morocco resigns because of her links with Rabat

teinteresa.es .- The head of the negotiation in the European Parliament of the agreement to include Western Sahara in the trade agreement of agricultural and fishery products between the European Union and Morocco, French liberal MEP, Patricia Lalonde, has resigned as rapporteur for a conflict of interest for her alleged links with Rabat.

The French MEP, who was also a member of the Council of EuroMedA with close ties to the Moroccan government, left as speaker before the vote on the agreement on the International Trade Commission of the European Parliament on Monday, announced the president of the Commission, the German socialist Bernard Lange.

Lange has ensured in any case that, after “the discussions on the independence of the rapporteur with regard to Morocco”, her case “will be investigated by a specific committee of the Parliament” to determine if the ethical standards of the institution have been respected.

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Statement from the Polisario Front after the approval by the EP Trade Commission of a report on the EU -Morocco agreement

Shame on the European Parliament: the Comission on International Trade adopts a report tainted by a blatant conflict of interest

[STRASBOURG, 10 DECEMBER 2018] –Today, in Strasbourg, the INTA committee of the  European Parliament, responsible for international trade, has adopted the report presented by Mrs Lalonde for the extension of the agricultural agreement concluded between the European Union and Morocco to the Territory of Western Sahara.

Commenting on the vote, Mohamed Sidati, the EU Representative of Frente POLISARIO, stated ‘”In a shameful decision the European Parliament adopted a report whose author was forced to resign before its adoption due to blatant compromission and conflict of interest”

“The Frente POLISARIO deplores this vote which marks a step further in the will of European leaders to override the clear and precise terms of court decisions. While on all sides’ European leaders recall that Europe is based on the law and that respect for the law is the basis of democracy, it is still striking for the Frente POLISARIO, who has seized the European justice, to see these same politicians joining forces to circumvent the EU court decision.

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EU/Morocco fisheries agreement – European countries insist on respect of ECJ rulings

fr.allafrica.com.- Brussels – Sweden opposed the conclusion of the new fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union and Morocco, reiterating that the extension of the geographical scope of the agreement to the territory of Western Sahara must receive the consent of the Saharawi people in accordance with the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 27 February, while Germany, Denmark and Ireland insisted that an agreement must be in accordance with European law and international law.

When the text of the agreement on the EU’s Competitiveness Council was adopted on 29 November in Brussels, Sweden issued an explanatory declaration following the vote in which it expressed its opposition to the Council decisions on the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Morocco.

Sweden explained that this agreement did not respect the judgments of the CJEU which stated that Western Sahara was a “separate” and “distinct” territory from the Kingdom of Morocco and that any extension of agreement to that territory requires “consent “of the people of Western Sahara.

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Near verbatim transcript of the press stakeout of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara

Initial Roundtable Meeting on Western Sahara

Geneva, 6 December 2018

Ladies, Gentlemen, thank you all for coming,

I am very pleased to be here, I will read a short statement and then I am happy to provide you with some of my impressions from our meetings held here in Geneva. I will not be taking any questions today.

The delegations have agreed on the following declaration:

Communiqué

6 December 2018

At the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, former President Horst Köhler of Germany, delegations from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania attended an initial roundtable meeting on 5 and 6 December 2018 in Geneva, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2440.

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Civil Aviation Agreement between the EU and Morocco does not apply to Western Sahara

New decision of the General Court of the European Union: Civil Aviation Agreement between the EU and Morocco does not apply to Western Sahara

After the land and the sea, the airspace: by an order of 30 November 2018, the Court of the European Union, which had been seized by the Frente POLISARIO, considers that the agreement on civil aviation concluded in January 2018, between the European Union and Morocco, is without application to the territory of Western Sahara and its airspace. For the European Judge, it is necessary to understand the notion of the territory of Morocco as “referring to the geographical area over which the Kingdom of Morocco exercises the full range of powers recognized to sovereign entities by international law, to the exclusion of any other territory such as that of Western Sahara “. The Tribunal adds that the inclusion of the territory of Western Sahara would infringe “the principle of self-determination referred to in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter and the principle of the relative effect of treaties”. Likewise, the Tribunal stresses with great precision: “the European Union can not validly share an intention of the Kingdom of Morocco to include the territory in question in the chamber of application of the Agreement”.

The Frente POLISARIO is pleased to have initiated this appeal which, after the judgments of 2016 and 2018, makes it possible to release a complete building of sovereignty: the land, the sea and the airspace. While European political power is straying into circumvention of the law, the European court, for the third time, explicitly rules on the question of sovereignty.

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December 5th starts the  Round table that will try to unlock talks on the future of Western Sahara

PUSL.- UN envoy Horst Köhler called on Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania for an “initial roundtable” on Wednesday and Thursday (5 and 6) in Geneva to negotiations on the territory of Western Sahara. This will be the first meeting since 2012.
In the invitation letter of Horst Köhler, one can read that “It is time to start a new chapter in the political process”. The current UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy, António Guterres, says he wants to find a way out for the last territory of the African continent that lacks post-colonial status and is therefore on the list of non-autonomous territories of the UN.
The Polisario Front, which in 1976 proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) over the 266,000 km2 of that desert territory, claims respect for the 1991 cease-fire agreement that provides for the holding of a referendum on self-determination. This referendum was envisaged by the United Nations in the settlement of the conflict which arose after the Spanish settlers left in 1975 when Morocco invaded and annexed and occupied Western Sahara and initiated the genocide of the civilian population which included bombing civilians with white phosphorus and Napalm.

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Western Sahara: GRIP calls on European countries to refuse any arms exports to Morocco

Dk News.- The Peace and Security Research and Information Group (GRIP) called on European countries to refuse any export of military equipment to Morocco, raising the issue that these weapons are used to commit numerous human rights violation in occupied Western Sahara.

GRIP warned, in a recent report, European countries about their arms exports to Morocco by insisting on the non-compliance of the transfer of these military equipments with the pre-export evaluation criteria established by the European Union in the “Common Position”.

“Morocco continues to occupy most of Western Sahara,” said the GRIP report, while referring to “repressive practices violent and disproportionate to international standards regarding freedom of movement, freedom of expression and of association, the right to a fair trial or the safeguarding of the economic, social and cultural rights of the Saharawi people.

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President of the Saharawi Republic begins an official visit to Cuba

Havana, December 3, 2018 (SPS) – The President of the Saharawi Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali, arrived Sunday evening at the Republic of Cuba on a three-day official visit, during which he will meet with high authorities of the Cuban State.

The President was received by several Cuban government officials, headed by Mr. Rogelio Sierra Díaz, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, in the presence of Mr. Clara Bolido, Ambassador of Cuba accredited to the Saharawi Republic.

In the program of activities of the Saharawi President, includes, in addition to official talks with the Cuban authorities, the tribute to José Martí, the Cuban National Hero.

The president is accompanied by a delegation composed of Mansur Omar, Delegate Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Latin America, Malainin Tganam Saharawi Ambassador in Cuba and Abdati Breika, Councilor of the Presidency.

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EQUO denounces to the EU conflict of interests of Hill + Knowlton and attempt of manipulation of decisions on Western Sahara

PUSL.- MEP Florent Marcellesi of the Greens / EFA group EQUO has complained to the EU authorities about a potential conflict of interest of the consultancy firm Hill + Knowlton International Belgium. (see attached letter).

According to news published in recent days the Moroccan government is one of the main clients of Hill + Knowlton International Belgium (H + K) whose director general, Alain Berger is also the founder of the NGO EuroMedA, which carries out activities directly related to Morocco in the European Parliament . If confirmed, it would violate the EU Transparency Code of Conduct, since H + K would obtain information concerning Morocco and Western Sahara dishonestly.

In the letter, Florent Marcellesi defines this H + K activity as particularly disturbing because “the Moroccan government has been and possibly continues to be a leading client of H + K and the NGO EuroMedA is directly involved in relation to Morocco in the European Parliament, including public events. The EuroMedA Foundation does not appear in the EU lobby register.

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GUE/NGL: Parliament must examine MEP conflicts of interest over EU-Morocco trade dossier

The GUE/NGL group expresses its concern about a possible violation of Parliament’s code of conduct by several MEPs involved in discussions on files concerning relations between the EU, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

The MEPs in question failed to disclose their membership of the board of EuroMedA, a foundation with links to the Moroccan government. The case seems to present a clear conflict of interests.

For this reason, we support the request made to President Tajani by the Greens/EFA group to refer the matter for investigation.

The GUE/NGL has also asked the Chair and political coordinators of Parliament’s Committee on International Trade to reconsider whether MEP Patricia Lalonde should remain Parliament’s rapporteur on a key EU-Morocco agreement*. Lalonde has never disclosed “any actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to the matter under consideration” as called for by Parliament’s Code of conduct.

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