February 27 marks the anniversary of the 42nd independence of the Spanish state of western Sahara. So far, though, there is still no independence to celebrate the Moroccan occupied most of the territory, but most of the population live in the Sahara refugee camps in Algeria, can feel a little victory.
On the same day, the European Union court (ECJ) court decision was issued to support decolonization. More specifically, the ruling involved an agreement between the European Union and the kingdom of Morocco on the entry of European fishing into Moroccan waters.
The so-called “fisheries cooperation agreement”, which has been in place since 2006, will expire in July 2018, and the renewal process is under way. The European court’s ruling made it clear that any such agreement with Morocco would not include Morocco’s declared sovereignty over western Sahara waters.
What’s going on here?
The statement is expected, in line with previous rulings, and is hardly controversial from an international legal point of view. Still, this is the last development in the conflict between the eu’s governing branches and the Moroccan trade. The dispute, of course, was that Morocco had occupied western Sahara and was declared a “non-self-governing territory” by the United Nations.
Which involved in the commission and Morocco in the spring of 2018 to two separate negotiations: allow European ships in Morocco waters fishing fishery cooperation agreements and trade agreements on agriculture and fishery products. The fishing agreement expires in July and a trade agreement is reached in April.
, although the court ruled in 2016 clearly if any bilateral agreement is invalid and Morocco on occupied territories, the eu trade commission seems to stick to extend the deal, however, they concluded in January 2018 and Morocco new trade agreements. It is surprising, and has drawn condemnation from exiled political groups in the western Sahara government and the European parliament.
Last week, some eu lawmakers issued a statement to their colleagues in a statement, saying they:
One of the signatories is Jytte Guteland, a social democratic parliamentary group, which last year was a group of MEPs in Europe, which was not welcomed by the Moroccan authorities after it was declared in western Sahara.
As for the trade commission’s actions, she expressed concern that it was beyond this particular situation. Speaking to global voices, Mr Guterland noted that the commission’s actions were alarming.
The saharan people will not benefit economically or otherwise from illegal exploitation of their natural resources and trade with the European Union; Nor did it reliably seek the consent of the saharan people. Due to our exploitation of natural resources and illegal trade with the European Union, any economic benefits and the development of distributed selectively, the only purpose is to further strengthen the illegal occupation, Morocco and systematically further occupied the Sahara people against it.
International law, as a non-self-governing territory, requires the people of western Sahara to speak in any economic activity that is taking place in the territory and should be in their favour. Complicate the problem is that most people living today in the occupied territories are Morocco settlers, and most of the Sahara, people from the western Sahara exile, mainly flow to refugee camps in neighboring Algeria. The internationally recognized frente polisario of western Sahara is operating from these camps.
In the same letter of protest, civil society groups accused of trying to circumvent the law through subtle shifts in terminology.