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‘Western Sahara is not part of Morocco

‘Western Sahara is not part of Morocco

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Advocate general Melchior Wathelet of the European Court of Justice found that Western Sahara is not part of Morocco and is therefore not covered by treaties between the EU and Rabat. This is evident from a Wednesday scattered ‘opinion’ of Wathelet.

The opinion of the advocate general is important, because the court in most court cases follows. That would be a bomb under a European trade deal with Morocco on agricultural and fishery products. The European council of ministers is the EU-court in Luxembourg, subject to appeal, after the EU judges in december the free trade agreement with Morocco from 2012 invalid had declared.

The reason was that the agreement was not at all reported about the occupation by Morocco of the Western Sahara, where also products for the EU are coming from. The European ministers hoped the agreement to go to appeal, but if the Wathelet is, that does not work.

The former Spanish Western Sahara in 1975, was annexed by Morocco. Rabat claimed it as Moroccan territory, but that is internationally not recognized.

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