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Boylan welcomes Court of Justice Opinion on EU-Morocco fisheries agreement

10 January, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Commenting after the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU issued an opinion condemning the EU-Morocco Fisheries agreement, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan called on European leaders to respect the territorial integrity of Western Sahara.

The opinion recognises that the EU has no right to make agreements with Morocco which include products produced in the Western Sahara’s territory.

Reacting to the news from Brussels, the Dublin MEP stated:

“This opinion upholds Western Sahara’s right to self-determination and recognises Morocco’s role as an occupying power. In light of this opinion, the European Commission must suspend all negotiations of new trade agreements with Morocco until sufficient measures are put in place to protect international law.

“Morocco illegally occupies three quarters of Western Sahara, including the entire coastline. The inclusion of Western Sahara’s territorial waters in the EU-Moroccan fisheries deal has allowed the Moroccan government to plunder Western Sahara’s natural resources for the benefit of the Moroccan economy with the full support of the EU.

“It is unacceptable that the EU would willingly enable the illegal occupation of Western Sahara while playing lip service to human rights protection. Any EU agreement with Morocco must respect international law and recognise the sovereignty of Western Sahara.” 

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