PRESS RELEASE: 06/29/2007. This morning, parliamentarians from the UK, Norway, New Zealand and Japan sent a letter to the London-based shipping company Gearbulk. The company profits from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.
This statement was sent to the Australian radio Pulse Radio, 10 January 2007.
Here is the EU-Moroccan Fisheries Partnership Agreement that was signed in 2006, in several languages.
Letter sent from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 16. June 2006.
“In an act of gross hypocrisy the Irish Government last week signed up to a deal between the EU and Morocco to rob the fishing rights of the people of Western Sahara - a nation occupied by Morocco - while at the same time issuing a statement claiming to support the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination”, An Problacht wrote on 1 June 2006.
Sent 1 June 2006. The letter was sent to CEO K. Wester, with copy to A.Jonkman.
Analysis made in 2006 by the French association on the Fisheries Agreement (in French).
Last week, the EU endorsed a fishing deal with Morocco. This wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that the deal includes the coastal waters of Western Sahara, a territory that has been occupied by Morroco for more than thirty years. The Brussels Journal, 25 May 2006.
The UK has said a new European fisheries agreement with Morocco will have to be closely monitored to ensure it does not break international law.
The British Government has been condemned by War on Want and campaign groups from across Europe today for supporting a Fisheries Agreement that will allow European ships to fish off the coast of illegally occupied Western Sahara, despite claims that this violates international law. Sweden stood alone in opposing the Agreement though Finland, the Netherlands and Ireland conditioned their support with a statement that the Agreement should benefit the “local population” of Western Sahara. Press release by War on Want, 22 May 2006.
EU governments have given final approval to a deal that will allow European trawlers to catch fish along Morocco's Atlantic coast.
Interview with the UN's former legal chief, Hans Corell. Swedish Radio, Eko, 22 May 2006
The exiled political leaders of Western Sahara have warned that a €144-million fisheries deal agreed by the EU and Morocco could spark civil unrest in the territory. Irish Times, 22 May 2006.
Statement on EU-Morocco fisheries agreement by Mohamed Sidati, Minister Delegate for Europe, Polisario.
The EU has voted to steal fish from the displaced people of Western Sahara, writes columnist John Hilary, 17 May 2006.
FishUpdate, 18 May 2006.
FishUpdate.com, 17 May 2006.
Press release from The Greens, 16 May 2006.
Press release from the Fish Elsewhere campaign, 16 May 2006.
AN MEP today voiced his reservations over the outcome of a controversial Euro vote. FishUpdate.com, 16 May 2006.