POLISARIO rejects proposals to extend EU-Morocco association agreement to Western Sahara

Brussels, June 27, 2018 (SPS) - The Frente POLISARIO rejected categorically the proposals of the European Commission aimed at extending the EU-Morocco association agreement to include Western Sahara, said Monday Sahrawi Delegate Minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati.

In a letter signed by 89 Sahrawi and foreign associations and organizations, the Frente POLISARIO underlined “as the legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people, as stated in the resolution 34/37 of the United Nations General Assembly- its categorical rejection of proposals of the European Commission aimed at extending the EU-Morocco association agreement to include Western Sahara, that Morocco is occupying illegally since more than forty years.”

“POLISARIO has never been consulted by the Commission in this process,” according to the letter, adding that “any opposite statement is false.”

The broadened consultation process led by the Commission concerned only players linked directly to the Moroccan government. That said “this approach was in flagrant contradiction with the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which underlined clearly the need of the consent of the Sahrawi people in this process. This was not done and was announced by a large number of Sahrawi organizations and associations to the Commission.”

Despite the multiple attempts to undermine the Frente POLISARIO’s legal status, CJEU was clear “Western Sahara has a separate and distinct status from Morocco.”SPS

 

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