European Parliament votes on Western Sahara

29 September 2011

Today, the European Parliament rejected a resolution to refer the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement to the European Court of Justice for recommendations. The fisheries agreement is being disputed because it implicitly recognises Morocco's sovereignty over the Western Sahara. Apparently, Europe only supports peoples' rights in North Africa when its economic interests are not affected, considering that the occupation of the Western Sahara by Morocco is completely in violation of international law. By doing this, the European Parliament is letting a major opportunity to test the EU's international policy against the strictest international standards slip through its fingers.

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