PUSL .- Izquierda Unida has released a press statement today in which it characterizes the response of the European Commission (EC) as cynical. The response in question is related to on the question put forward by the MEP Paloma Lopez of this political party asking whether the EC condemns the Moroccan action when trying to legitimize the occupation of Western Sahara, with the appropriation of Dakhla as a Moroccan city, or its attitude towards the constant breach of the agreements of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on fisheries matters. These questions where put forward last October on the occasion of the participation of the company Atlas Pelagic, based in the Saharawi city of Dakhla, in the Fair of Frozen Products of Vigo (Conxemar).
Atlas Pelagic, a Moroccan company dedicated to plundering the natural resources of Western Sahara, which represents a violation of the judgments of the European Court of Justice, which has expressed in three rulings that Western Sahara is not a Territory subject to the sovereignty of Morocco. “It is intolerable to continue seeing cases of Moroccan companies that take advantage of the plundering of the natural resources of Western Sahara, becoming accomplices of an illegitimate military occupation by participating in the sacking of the Saharawi people,” said the national coordinator of the United Left, Eva Solla. Read more
PUSL – [BRUSSELS, JANUARY 23] The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved today the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the maritime area of Western Sahara. The Commission in no way respects the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of February 2018, in which it is explicit that such an agreement could not be applied to Western Sahara. The agreement was approved with 17 votes in favor, 7 against and 2 abstentions.
Parliament’s Plenary (all MEPs) will have to make the final vote on 13 February.
Following the disastrous vote on the EU / Morocco trade agreement, which also violates the CJEU rulings, there seems to be no intention of European politicians to respect international law or it’s own court. Read more
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. Read more