UN peace talks on Western Sahara pointless without EU pressure on Morocco: watchdog – Africa – RFI

UN peace talks on Western Sahara pointless without EU pressure on Morocco: watchdog – Africa – RFI

Although UN-brokered peace talks this week between the disputed territory of Western Sahara and Morocco have been hailed as an important development in dealing with the conflict, a watchdog group on Western Sahara says there is no point without including the issue of European Union (EU) trade deals in the mix.

EU trade deals with Morocco, which will be voted upon on Monday, have been marred by the reported bias by the French MEP head of committee.

“As long as Morocco is scoring political points and can attract the EU in dealing with EU products, it’s useless to conduct peace talks with Morocco,” says Erik Hagen, the Executive Director of Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), a watchdog umbrella organization that looks into companies working in Western Sahara.

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