MEP satisfied with CJEU General Attorney’s conclusions rejecting the sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara

Brussels, September 19, 2016 (SPS) The MEP of the United Left, Paloma Lopez, has expressed satisfaction with the conclusions of the Attorney General of the EU Court of Justice (CJEU), Melchior Wathelet, recognizing that the Western Sahara is not part of Morocco and therefore "none of EU-Morocco trade agreements is applicable to it".

"Wathelet was in charge of analyzing the appeal presented by the EU Council against CJEU decision in December canceling the agricultural agreement between Brussels and Rabat for the inclusion of occupied Western Sahara. In its conclusions," the general attorney asserted that "Western Sahara is not part of Morocco or under its sovereignty," declared a press release of the United Left.

Ms. Lopez stated evidently that the Council's action has no basis in international law and the CJEU is expected to confirm the cancellation of the agricultural agreement with Morocco. 

"Wathelet himself confirmed that international law does not extend the scope of a bilateral treaty to a territory that is a third party with respect to the parties to the treaty," she recalled.

MEP and vice-president of the Intergroup of Solidarity with Western Sahara, expressed concern with specific aspects of the analysis of the general attorney, emphasizing that one should not "minimize the seriousness of looting Western Sahara resources under trade agreements with the EU ", in particular, criticizing" the economic interests of European multinationals involved in the looting. "

She also reiterated the legitimacy of the appeal of the Polisario Front. "The Polisario Front as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people recognized by the international community, has the right to appeal to the Court of Justice as the EU remains complicit in the looting of fishery resources, agriculture and mining in Western Sahara". (SPS)