Frente POLISARIO deplores the «shameful» attitude of EU Parliament International Trade Commission | Sahara Press Service

Frente POLISARIO deplores the «shameful» attitude of EU Parliament International Trade Commission | Sahara Press Service

Brussels (Belgium), Dec 11, 2018 (SPS) – The Frente POLISARIO describes as «shameful» the maneuver of the European Parliament’s International Trade Commission (INTA) in supporting the renewal of the illegal agricultural agreements with Morocco and the inclusion of the occupied areas of Western Sahara.

The International Trade Commission expressed its support for the report presented by MEP Patricia Lalonde to include the territory of Western Sahara, contradicting the judgment of the European Court of Justice that makes clear that Morocco does not have any sovereignty over the last African territory in the path of decolonization .

Mohamed Sidati, Delegate Minister for Europe, points out that, «the European Parliament takes a shameful decision, by supporting the report whose author was forced to resign because of her involvement in dubious activities.»

«The Frente POLISARIO deplores this vote that shows the efforts of the European leaders to annul the clear and rigorous terms of the courts of justice. While the leaders strive to point to Europe as a territory of law and democratic principles, it is still surprising for the POLISARIO that these same leaders insist on joining forces to avoid the decision of the European Court of Justice, «declared the member of the National Secretariat to SPS.

The questioned decision of the International Trade Commission was marred by the lack of consensus, since one of the parliamentary groups boycotted the session, considering that the report lacked legal and ethical arguments.

The agreement is clearly illegal. «The European Parliament’s own legal services reached the conclusion that it was not clear whether the Sahrawi people had welcomed the amendment presented, a key element for the European Court of Justice in the December 2016 ruling,» adds the Saharwi representative.

Frente POLISARIO, the only and legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, highlights that «the false assertion that the agreement is benefiting the people of Western Sahara is a lack of respect for the population living in the refugee camps, in the liberated areas and under the Moroccan occupation. »

«Unfortunately, we have no choice but to refer the matter to the Court of Justice, whose previous decisions show that international law is on our side», warned the Sahrawi representation in Europe.

Finally, the POLISARIO calls for «the European partners review their current policies to support the efforts of the personal envoy of the Secretary General of the UN, Horst Kohler, to promote dialogue between the parties, the Frente POLISARIO and the Kingdom of Morocco, in pursuit of a definitive solution based on the self-determination of the Saharawi people.

The European Court of Justice ruled that Western Sahara is a state separate and distinct from Morocco by virtue of the right of self-determination. No agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco may include the territory, adjacent waters, or airspace of Western Sahara SPS

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