Renegotiation of EU-Morocco agreements: A “cynical attempt” to circumvent international law
Western Sahara Campaign (WSC) said Saturday that the European Commission’s proposal for the renegotiation of the EU-Morocco Association Agreement is an ” Cynical “circumvention of international law. WSC said in a statement its “deep disappointment” that the European Commission “proposes the modification of trade rules with Morocco so that the resources of Western Sahara can be considered illegal as Moroccan.”
“This seems to be an attempt to cynical circumvention of international law,” said the NGO, recalling that the consent of the Saharawi people is a “prerequisite” to all trade agreements that concern the territory of the Western Sahara occupied by Morocco. On the basis of international law, the Campaign expresses its “support” for the Polisario Front’s call, as the sole legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, for the European Union (EU) and European governments to reject the Commission to renegotiate the EU-Morocco Association Agreement.
“If the EU does not apply and does not recognize the judgment of its own Court and denies international law, the legal and political consequences on the question of self-determination of Western Sahara will be serious,” WSC said.
In this respect, the Campaign recalls that the judgment of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) of 21 December 2016 provides for the application of international law and the holding of a referendum on self-determination, supervised by the United Nations. She believes that the EU “could play an important role” in resolving the conflict that has lasted for more than 40 years and “should seize every opportunity” in this sense.
“Instead of trying to renegotiate an agreement that illegally exploits the wealth of a colonized people, the EU should start by supporting the UN appeals for direct talks between the Moroccan government and the representative of the Sahara people Western, the Polisario Front, recognized by the UN, “said the British NGO. The CJEU’s ruling “clearly states” that the EU-Morocco free trade agreement on agriculture and fisheries concluded in 2012 is not applicable to Western Sahara, she recalled .
“The CJEU’s ruling confirmed that under international law, Morocco has no legal right to exploit the wealth of Western Sahara for its trade,” adds WSC. The organization concludes by recalling that the consent of the Sahrawis is a “precondition for all trade agreements until the status of Western Sahara is defined”.
As a reminder, the Saharawi President, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, addressed a letter to EU leaders in which he strongly condemned the European Commission’s proposal for the renegotiation of the EU- Morocco. He called on the European Union and its member states to reject this proposal, which violates the ECJ’s decision and the fundamental principles of international law.