EU court says Western Sahara can't apply to EU-Morocco deal

2016-12-21 19:01
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Brussels - The European Union's high court says that EU agreements on closer ties and trade with Morocco should not apply to the disputed Western Sahara region.

The EU's Court of Justice said on Wednesday that any EU deal with Morocco should have specifically referred to the region and that the people there should have consented to being part of such an agreement.

The territory's status is among the most sensitive topics in the North African kingdom. Morocco considers the vast mineral-rich Western Sahara as its "southern provinces" and fiercely defends against anything it considers a threat to its territorial integrity.

Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975 and fought the Polisario Front independence movement. The UN brokered a cease-fire in 1991 and established a peacekeeping mission to monitor it.

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