EU-Morocco fisheries agreement: 98 Sahrawi associations call on Euro-deputies to vote against

Brussels, February 11, 2019 (SPS) - About 98 Sahrawi associations called on the Euro-deputies to vote against the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, extended to the occupied Sahrawi territories, pointing out that this text aims to “plunder the natural resources of Western Sahara” and contributed to “the continuation of the Moroccan occupation.”

On the eve of the holding of a plenary session at the European Parliament, the Sahrawi associations called on European MPs to vote against the inclusion of occupied Western Sahara in the scope of EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.

Stakeholders of the Sahrawi civil society, from active organizations in the occupied and liberated territories and refugee camps and the Diaspora, called on the European deputies to defend the legality and right of Sahrawi people and to save “the image” of the European Union as an “institution defending democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

“We call you to take up your constitutional responsibilities and act as legislative power, defend your own court and not be attracted by the propaganda and unfounded claims,” according to the Sahrawi associations.

In this regard, the collective of the Sahrawi organizations underlined that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave twice a ruling (21 December 2016 and 27 February 2018) on the fact that Western Sahara is a “distinct” and “separate” territory from Morocco and that the Moroccan Kingdom has no sovereignty over Western Sahara. (SPS)