Fri 05/03/2021

London: UK-Morocco Association Agreement does not apply to Western Sahara

1 month ago at 28/Jan/2021 67

The Association Agreement in force since 1 January between Morocco and the United Kingdom does not include the territory of Western Sahara, indicated the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa and the Commonwealth Office, James Cleverly, responding to a written question from Labour MP Kim Johnson.

“Western Sahara is not included in the territory covered by the Association Agreement concluded between the United Kingdom and Morocco, as specified in the article of the agreement relating to the territorial aspect. The United Kingdom-Morocco Association Agreement is applicable in the same way as the agreements binding the European Union to Morocco, “he said.

“The application of certain parts of the UK-Morocco Association Agreement to some products originating in Western Sahara, in accordance with the ruling of the European Court of Justice on this issue, does not affect our position on the status of Western Sahara, which we consider undetermined,” said James Cleverly.

He added that “the United Kingdom has taken note of the UN definition of the (status) of Western Sahara as a Non-Self-Governing Territory”.

“We fully support the efforts of the United Nations to achieve a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara,” he added.

The new Association Agreement between Morocco and the United Kingdom came into force with the exit of London from the European Union at the end of 2020.

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