Several sources in the EU have confirmed to Western Sahara Resource Watch that the EU-Moroccan trade agreement entered into force on 1st of October 2012.
The agreement covers trade in agricultural and fisheries products. It was supposed to enter into force already in July, but was postponed due to slow ratification process by Morocco. Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) wrote about the dangers of the agreement in the report Label and Liability earlier this year.
The entering into force coincides now with the agricultural season in occupied Western Sahara.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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