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Ruling of European Court approves relevance of Sweden’s position guided by international law

1 year ago at 30/Sep/2021 88

Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Lind stressed Wednesday that the European Court’s annulment of the economic agreements with Morocco approves the relevance of Sweden’s position on the basis of international law.

In a tweet on her Twitter account, the head of Swedish diplomacy referred to her country’s position on these agreements, which was expressed years ago.

Sweden’s position on economic agreements with Morocco was revealed in an official document issued in July 2018 by the European Council in which the Swedish government rejected the outcome of consultations promoted by the European Commission on the exploitation of the natural resources of Western Sahara.

The document revealed that Sweden emphasized during the official meetings held, ambiguity of the report prepared by the Commission, which promoted the inclusiveness of consultations among the entire spectrum of the Sahrawi people.

Sweden clarified that the organizations included in the report do not represent the Sahrawi people, warning against continuing to ignore the opinion of the Polisario Front, which is recognized by the United Nations as the legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people.

Sweden stressed that the European Court was clear when it spoke of the need to consult the Sahrawi people, unfortunately the Commission ignored this and introduced groups far from representing the Sahrawi people.

The Swedish government concluded that the outcome of the consultations that the Commission talked about cannot constitute the free consent of the Sahrawi people, as called for by the European Court, which excluded Western Sahara from the economic agreements with Morocco.

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