EUCOCO 2018: Vigilance shortly before Morocco-Front Polisario negotiations

Madrid, November 2018 (SPS) - President of the Algerian National Committee for Solidarity with the Sahrawi People (CNASPS), Said Ayachi on Friday advocated vigilance regarding possible manoeuvres by Morocco to disrupt negotiations with the Polisario Front scheduled for next month in Geneva under the auspices of the UN.

“Shortly before the first round of negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco in Geneva, we remain open-eyed at the manoeuvres Morocco can resort to in order to parasitize these negotiations,” Ayachi told APS, before the opening of the 43rd European Solidarity Conference for Support and Solidarity with the Sahrawi People (EUCOCO 2018) in Madrid.

The 43rd Conference comes a few weeks before the first negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco scheduled for 4-5 December in Geneva.

This meeting, which is planned on the initiative of the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, should mark the reopening of the peace process in Western Sahara, at a standstill since 2012.

After welcoming the decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in favour of the Polisario Front, the CNASPS denounced the manoeuvres of Morocco and the EU to "circumvent and tinker with new agreements advocating an end to this legal misconduct by the European Commission".

As such, he accused the European Union (EU) of violating its own jurisdiction and urging the Union to abide by the laws.

Reiterating the support of the CNASPS to the Polisario Front for its major request to organize a self-determination referendum in favour of the Sahrawi people, Ayachi affirmed that the Committee "will accompany the Sahrawi people in the path of negotiations.” (SPS)