Court rules that Morocco-EU fishing deal must not extend to Western Sahara | Africanews
3 weeks ago, 01:18
The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that a European Union-Morocco fisheries deal was valid as long as it was not applied to the waters of the disputed Western Sahara territory since this would be a breach of the latter's population's rights.
Morocco controls most of Western Sahara and considers it part of its territory.
The United Nations says the region has a right to self-determination and campaigners have sought to challenge the EU's trade deals with Morocco in the courts because they include the desert region.
The Fisheries Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is valid in so far as it is not applicable to Western Sahara and to its adjacent waters. "
Western Sahara, a contested region since Spain withdrew from it in 1975, "does not form part of the territory of the Kingdom of Morocco," the ECJ said.
The region's adjacent waters were not part of the "Moroccan fishing zone" mentioned in the treaty with the EU, and the agreement could not be annulled because of it, the court said.
Today is good day for Western Sahara," the group said on its Twitter account in response to the ruling.
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