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Western Sahara: Lamamra calls for EU to act in conformity with international law

APS - 14 March 2017

BRUSSELS (Belgium)- The minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra called Monday, in Brussels (Belgium), for the European Union to act ?concerning the western Sahara issue “in conformity with international law and the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).”

In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the High level meeting of the EU-Algeria Association Council, the minister said that discussions between the two countries were based on the ruling of the CJEU, issued last December, which confirmed that “the Western Sahara territory is distinct and separated from Morocco.”

The Algerian Foreign minister said that from there, “the EU must act in conformity with international law and the CJEU ruling, so long as the Kingdom of Morocco joined the African Union alongside the Sahrawi Republic.”

In this regard, Lamamra said that this “attests to the existence of two sovereign territories and that there is “an international and African law that must be enforced” in order to reach a peaceful solution to this conflict “which has lasted too long and which hindered important programmes, including the building of the Great Arab Maghreb.”