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Western Sahara

In mid-January, EU and French authorities were asked to seized the cargo of a ship accused of bringing fish oil from occupied Western Sahara to France.

Polisario, the national liberation movement of Western Sahara, argued that the shipment was illegal following a 21 December ruling by the European court of justice.

The ECJ decided that trade agreements between the EU and Morocco do not apply to the territory of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975. The fish oil shipment carried by the Key Bey had been licensed by the Morocco government – which has no authority to do so, according to the ECJ.

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Topics: Western Sahara