POLISARIO calls for ECJ ruling implementation

Brussels, December 23, 2016 (SPS) -The Saharawi Coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Mr.  M'Hamed Khadad has urged Thursday in Brussels the European Union (EU) to "implement" the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and contribute to the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara, in accordance with international law.

The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco, signed in 2012 on the reciprocal liberalization of agricultural and fishery products, will not apply to the territory of Western Sahara, according to the European Court of Justice (CJEU).

We call on the EU to implement the judgment of the Court of Justice and contribute to the resolution of the Saharawi conflict in accordance with international law, "the Saharawi diplomat told the European Parliament on Thursday after the publication of the ruling of the Court, according to APS

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, the Court concluded that the association agreements and liberalization between the EU and Morocco are not applicable to Western Sahara.

The Saharawi coordinator with MINURSO demanded both the Commission and the European Council the "immediate application" of the ECJ ruling, urging the Parliament to "play an important role" in the implementation of the decision of the European Court of Justice.

"The Frente POLISARIO calls for the opening of immediate discussions and action to ensure respect of the rights of the Saharawi people, otherwise the POLISARIO will act with the utmost determination to enforce full implementation of the law," the Saharawi diplomat said.

Commenting on the Court's ruling, Mr. M'Hamed Khadad welcomed the progress of the Saharawi cause with this judicial decision which recognizes that Western Sahara is a non-self-governing territory whose inhabitants have the legitimate right to self-determination and therefore cannot be considered as "territory of the Kingdom of Morocco". SPS