Polisario to lodge complaint against European tanker's violation of CJEU decision

Bir Lahlou (Saharawi Liberated Territories), January  18, 2017 (SPS) -  Polisario Front will officially lodge a complaint with the European and French authorities, denouncing the illegal shipment of marine oil by a European tanker, Key Bay, from occupied Western Sahara's town al Aaiun, the Front said Tuesday in a statement. 

The Polisario Front "will, within 48 hours, lodge a complaint with the European Commission and the French customs authorities for the enforcement of the European law," Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)'s under-secretary of state for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (RASD), Mhamed Khadad, said in the statement.

"We seek dialogue, but we are determined to uphold the decision of the European Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)," Khadad added.

The Polisario Front calls on the European Commission and customs authorities to report this illegal export operation and seize the shipment, in line with the requirements of the European customs law."

Mhamed Khadad, also a Polisario Front leading member, noted that Morocco is the military occupying power, which is under the fourth Geneva Convention, and has no right to issue export licences.

"This applies to all waters under the Saharawi sovereignty and all boats setting sail from (occupied) El Aaiun coast."


The Polisario, according to the statement, follows "with the utmost attention" the conditions in which the tanker Key Bay will be forced to abide by the European law, as stipulated in the decision issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union on 21 December 2016, an enforceable decision that must be fully respected.SPS