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18:55  29 september  2021
18:55  29 september  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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EU-Morocco-commerce: Western Sahara: European justice cancels two trade agreements with Morocco

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Brussels (Reuters) - The European Union Tribunal annulled two trade agreements on Wednesday between the EU and Morocco, one concerning agricultural products and the other in fishing, arguing a lack of consent of the population of the territory disputed from Western Sahara.

The EU and Morocco quickly published a joint statement that they would act to ensure "the prosecution and stability" of bilateral trade relations, and a Moroccan diplomatic source told Reuters that he expected a call. against an incoherent decision.

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Morocco controls most of the Western Sahara and considers it as part of its territory but the independence movement of the Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, claims sovereignty in the territory since the end of the Spanish colonial regime in 1975.

The Polisario Front, who says act on behalf of the Saharawi people, has challenged two agreements between the EU and Morocco concluded in 2019, both modified after a previous decision of justice of the EU that they were not applicable to Western Sahara.

The revisions of these agreements included in their field of application the territory and the waters adjacent to Western Sahara.

The European Union Tribunal, second highest jurisdiction of the EU, agreed that the Polisario Front have the legal capacity to initiate proceedings before the Bloc courts, which the defendants had questioned.

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He then accepted the point of view of the Polisario Front on two points: the consent of the people of Western Sahara is necessary to implement agreements applicable to this territory; The consultations of the populations concerned organized by the EU could not result in the expression of this consent.

"The requirement relating to the consent of the people of Western Sahara, as a third on the contested agreements, (...) has not been respected," said the Tribunal based in Luxembourg.

"There will be a call against the decision of the Tribunal, which is incoherent with EU policies, motivated by ideology and detrimental to the strategic partnership," said Reuters a Moroccan diplomatic source under anonymity.

In their joint statement, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, and the High EU representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, said they would take "the necessary measures to ensure the legal framework. Guarantees the continuation and stability of trade relations between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco ".

(report Philip Blenkinsop, French version Diana Mandiá)

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