Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

Morocco: EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement Adoption Reinforces Colonization Policy, Says Saharawi Official

Algiers — General Coordinator of the Saharawi observatory natural resources control Zoubir Ghali said Wednesday in Algiers the adoption on Tuesday by the European Parliament of the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU) "reinforces" colonization policy.

In a statement to APS, Ghali stated that the adoption by the European MPs of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement that includes Saharawi territorial waters "reinforces" the support of some members to the colonization policy.

The head of the Saharawi observatory who regretted the EU position on this agreement, stated that "it is inconsistent with international law and the interests of the Saharawi people and their aspirations for independence and self-determination."

Ghali added that the Saharawi people "considered this agreement as a support for the illegal Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara."

The same official said that "when they call for respect for human rights in Syria and Ukraine and condemn the Israeli settlement policy in Palestine, the EU countries fund and support the Moroccan occupation through the signing of this agreement."

He recalled that "debate and dialogue that followed this agreement have sent the message of the Saharawi people to Europe and the international community, emphasizing" the determination of the latter and the Polisario to continue to defend the interests of Western Sahara, including seizing the international court to cancel the agreement as was cancelled the previous agreement in 2011."

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