Mohamed Sidati (R)Tue Feb 7, 2012 3:44AM GMTThe Polisario Front rebels of Western Sahara have objected to the February 3 EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement by COREPER on the European Commission’s mandate to negotiate with Morocco on behalf of the European Union.
The Polisario Front has been working for Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco for decades.
COREPER, from French Comité des représentants permanents, is the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union.
Mohamed Sidati, who is the Polisario Front’s minister and representative in Europe, said on Monday that “the text of the mandate does not even refer to the Western Sahara, which has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975.”
Sidati criticized the instructions given by EU governments to the EU Commission to leave it open for Europe to resume its stealing of Western Sahara’s resources.
“This new mandate also flies in the face of the clear message from the European Parliament, which rejected a similar deal with Morocco just last December,” he added.
He went on to say that the Polisario Front should be involved in the negotiations and only then can the EU ensure that fishing in Western Sahara’s waters is in line with international law.
Western Sahara is a disputed territory in North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.