EU-Morocco Agreement: Frente POLISARIO denounces European Parliament Committee’s "shameful" vote

Strasbourg, Dec 11, 2018 (SPS) -  Frente POLISARIO representative to Europe Mohamed Sidati has denounced on Tuesday the adoption by the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the report of the controversial Eurodeputy Patricia Lalonde, which provides for the expansion of the EU-Morocco Agricultural Agreement to the occupied Western Sahara territory

It is "shameful" to approve a document which author has been forced to step down over "conflict of interests".

During their meeting in Strasbourg, at the European Parliament headquarters, the "INTA" Committee members adopted the report of the controversial MEP, Patricia Lalonde, who provides for the extension of the agricultural agreement between the EU and Morocco to the occupied Western Sahara territory, while the European justice rejected the deal, in its decisions, citing the non consent of the Sahrawi people.

In reaction to the Committee decision, the Frente POLISARIO denounced, in a statement, "a vote that marks the European leaders’ willingness to ignore the precise and clear terms of the decisions of the EU Court of Justice."

The Frente POLISARIO representative added that "this agreement is clearly illegal".

In its December 2016 ruling, the EU "Court of Justice has ruled that Western Sahara is a separate and distinct territory from that of the Kingdom of Morocco by virtue of the principle of self-determination. No agreement with Morocco may include the territory, the adjacent waters, or the outer space of Western Sahara," Sidati added.SPS