Mohamed Sidati is received by European Parliament International Trade Committee

Brussels, August 31, 2018 (SPS) - the Minister Delegate to Europe, Mr. Mohamed Sidati, was received Thursday by  the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament in the presence of several members of the European Parliament from different political spectrum and various actors of interested experts.

In his intervention, Sidati gave detailed explanations on the latest developments of the Sahrawi issue, especially the European involvement in the wealth of the people of Western Sahara and the EU´s institutions current maneuvers aimed at circumventing European court decisions calling for respect of the international legitimacy.

The Sahrawi diplomat has strongly slammed the proposal of amendments submitted by the European Commission, which includes the Sahrawi territories in the agreements between EU and Morocco, considering it as a blatant violation of the provisions of the European judiciary, which was clearly in this regard, dubbing these attempts as Robbery and fraud as it undermines the credibility of the European judiciary.

“without the consent of the Saharawi people expressed through its unique and legitimate representative, the Frente POLISARIO, and without respecting its will which rejects  the Moroccan occupation plundering  policy of its natural resources , any EU-Morocco agreement is  meaningless and desperate attempts “ he clarifies in his intervention

He also stressed that the attempt to pass agreements at a time when the international community is calling for direct negotiations to settle the conflict brokered by Mr. Koehler is a hindrance to the work of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General and that the signing of this type of illegal agreement is the green light for Morocco to continue its intransigence policy and its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

The Sahrawi minister called on the European Parliament not to bow to Morocco's pressure which could lead to deviations that have a negative impact on peace efforts in Western Sahara.

The meeting concluded with an open debate through which many parliamentarians expressed their concern over the Commission attempts to pass agreements that contradict the legitimacy and European provisions, which also negate the founding principles of the European Union.

During the meeting, the Minister Delegate to Europe met with the parliamentary delegation which will visit the occupied territories early next month.

It is worth mentioning that the Commission listened to representatives of Sahrawi civil society, where they stressed in their interventions on the illegality of any agreements between EU-Morocco does not take into account the decisions of the European Court, voicing their concern over the precarious situation in the occupied territories marked by gross violations of human rights under a despotic, invasive and occupier regime. SPS