Dublin (Ireland), August 02, 2017 (SPS) – The Frente POLISARIO received a response from the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning a concerns of the Frente POLISARIO on the EU-Morocco Association Agreement.
In this regard, the Irish government affirmed its willingness to abide by the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union, which excludes the territory of Western Sahara from the EU-Morocco partnership, stating that ” the Court’s ruling is consistent with Ireland’s long-standing position in support of the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. ”
The Irish government explained that “as a result of the Court’s decision, In May 2017, the EU Council authorised the European Commission to open negotiations on the adaptation of protocols to the Association Agreement, and the modification of its protocols to provide for treatment of goods coming from Western Sahara.”
The letter sent by the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the complexity of the matter, since “it requires the conciliation between the operative as the concretion of the origin of the products and the positions with respect to the right of the Saharawi people”.
This is a highly complex issue which will have to involve finding a way of reconciling practical issues such as certifying the origin of goods, with matters of principle relating to the consent of the people of Western Sahara
In the same vein, the Irish government demanded that any agreement entered into by the EU will have to be consistent with EU law, including the Court’s judgment of 21 December 2016.SPS