Federica Mogherini states "Western Sahara remains a Non-Self-Governing Territory"

Brussels, Oct 10, 2017 (SPS) - The head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini of Italy, clarified in a response on behalf of the European Commission that "Western Sahara remains a Non-Self-Governing Territory" and that the final status of said territory, "be settled through a process of negotiations sponsored by the United Nations".

In reply to the question posed by Spanish MEP Serna Rodriquez, Mogherini reiterated the "support" of the European Union to the efforts of the UN Secretary-General in his quest for "a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution a solution that guarantees the right to self-determination of Western Sahara in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter ".

Federica Mogherini, decided that the new negotiations between the EU and Morocco are intended to be compatible with the judgment of the European Court of Justice of 21 December 2016, which considers that the Western Sahara and Morocco are two distinct and separate territories.

The European Commission asked the Member States in May to study the EU-Morocco Association Agreement to include products from occupied Western Sahara. This triggered the indignation of the MEPs, considering the renegotiation a clear violation of the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Finally, European lawmakers stressed that Morocco does not have sovereignty over Western Sahara and, therefore, cannot decide on its territory. MEPs also warned the Commission of the risks involved in confusing the people of Western Sahara and the majority of Moroccan settlers. SPS

 

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