STRASBOURG – Polisario Front Representative for Europe Mohamed Sidati denounced on Tuesday the adoption by the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the controversial MEP Patricia's report Lalonde, which provides for the extension of the agricultural agreement concluded between the European Union (EU) and Morocco in the territory of the occupied Western Sahara, stressing that it is "a shame" to endorse a document whose editor has been forced to resign the previous day due to "conflict of interest".
Meeting in Strasbourg, at the seat of the European Parliament, on Monday, members of the "INTA" Commission adopted the report of the controversial MEP, Patricia Lalonde, who plans to extend the agricultural agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco in the territory of occupied Western Sahara, while the European justice rejected in its judgments this agreement, invoking the absence of consent of the Saharawi people.
Reacting to the decision taken by the Commission, the Polisario Front lamented in a statement a "vote that marks a step further in the will of European leaders to override the precise and clear terms of the Court's judgments of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ".
Ruling against the "circumvention" of European Court of Justice rulings by European leaders, the leader of the Polisario Front added that "this agreement is clearly illegal".
In this context, Mr Sidati recalled that the "own" legal service of the European Parliament has recently concluded that it is "not certain" that the Saharawi people have given their consent to this extension of the agreement. , a "key condition" demanded by the CJEU in its judgment of December 2016.
"The Polisario Front, recognized by the UN as the representative of the people of Western Sahara, could give its consent, which was not the case," said Mr. Sidati in the same release .
Regarding the Commission's statement that the agreement could benefit the people of Western Sahara, the representative of the Polisario Front considered it "irrelevant" and described as an "insult" to the Saharawi people who lives today in refugee camps, in liberated territories or under Moroccan occupation.
"The Court of Justice has held that Western Sahara is a territory separate and distinct from that of the Kingdom of Morocco by virtue of the principle of self-determination, and no agreement with Morocco may include territory, adjacent waters, or the airspace of Western Sahara ", Mr Sidati added, announcing the appeal before the CJEU, whose previous judgments based on international law were on the side of the Polisario Front.
While noting that the consequences of the vote of the European Parliamentary Commission extend well beyond commercial issues, the Saharawi leader asserted that this adoption comes "to undermine" the outcome of the negotiations conducted by the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Horst Kohler, for the settlement of the Saharawi conflict according to the UN resolutions guaranteeing the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.
In this wake, Mohamed Sidati called on "European partners to review their current policies and refocus their efforts on the positive steps that the EU can take to support the efforts of H. Kohler and to encourage progress in talks. "