Fri 23/10/2020

British official: European Union violates international law in Western Sahara

4 weeks ago at 25/Sep/2020 105

The European Union is constantly violating international law in Western Sahara, stressed British MP and Chair of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee, Sir William Cash.

During a debate on Monday in the House of Commons, the British official highlighted that the European Union preferred its own interests instead of respecting the international law in Western Sahara.

Last March, the British House of Lords devoted a session to a proposal by Lord Stevenson Balmacara on the United Kingdom-Morocco partnership agreement.

Lord Stevenson Balmacara highlighted that the proposal regretted that the UK government had not consulted the Sahrawi people on the agreement.

The British Deputy confirmed that Western Sahara is listed in the colonial territories under Chapter 11 of the UN Charter, and the 1975 resolution of the International Court of Justice recognized the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.

The Deputy recalled the resolutions issued by the European Court of Justice during the years 2016, 2018, and 2019, which affirmed that Western Sahara is a “separate and distinct” territory from Morocco under international law, and that no agreement with Morocco could be applied to the territory of Western Sahara without the consent of the Sahrawi people.

The Deputy highlighted that the internationally recognized legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people – the Polisario Front – had rejected any proposal to apply the European Union trade agreement with Morocco, adding that a coalition of 93 Sahrawi organizations confirmed that the people of Western Sahara refused to include the territory in any agreement concluded by Morocco.

For his part, Lord Shipley emphasized the importance of the British government’s adherence to international law in Western Sahara and application of the British Supreme Court’s ruling.

The British Deputy pointed out that the sums of money that Morocco received during the past years from the European Union did not benefit the Sahrawi people, which contradicts the legal opinion issued by the United Nations in 2002.

The British Deputy explained that once the people of Western Sahara exercise their right to self-determination, the United Kingdom would be able to trade legally in goods produced in Western Sahara.

The Deputy urged the British Government to use the Supreme Court’s ruling as a basis for supporting the United Nations-supervised self-determination process. (Sumoud)

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