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In concurrence with military battles, European Court holds two sessions on Western Sahara, Gilles Devers is optimistic about winning legal battle

2 years ago at 28/Feb/2021 166

The European Court of Justice will hold, on Tuesday and Wednesday, two sessions to address the appeals filed by the Polisario Front against the decision of the European Union Council on extending the scope of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Morocco to include the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The debate on the natural resources of Western Sahara by the European judiciary coincides with a special circumstance that the Western Sahara issue is passing through, where the Sahrawi army is engaged in daily battles against Moroccan army forces.

For the Polisario Front, it is a legal battle aimed at preventing the plunder of western Sahara’s natural resources, which has so far been directed by decisions of the European Court.
Polisario Front lawyer Gilles Devers told France Presse that concluding economic agreements with Morocco contributes to consolidating the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.

Gilles Devers highlighted that the legal battle was also aimed at pushing foreign companies to leave Western Sahara and to cancel all contracts with the Moroccan occupation.

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