As Brussels wouldn’t terminate its fisheries deal with Rabat, Polisario now hopes it could at least have part of the money of the deal in its own coffers.
Rabat – Having repeatedly failed to have the EU pull out of its fisheries agreement with Morocco, the Polisario Front is now preparing another legal fight to at least be on the list of beneficiaries.
Months after it failed in its repeated attempts to sabotage the EU-Morocco fisheries deal, and Brussels vowed to uphold its strategic partnership with Morocco, the Polisario Front, still unsatisfied with the state of things, is again contesting Morocco’s legitimacy over the waters off Western Sahara.
This time around, however, Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia has reported in its weekend edition, the separatist front is asking to financially benefit from the deal.
As it now comes to realize that it can’t have Europe retract from its multi-dimensional and highly strategic partnership with Morocco, the Polisario leadership is resorting to a rather “absurd” and unexpected string, the Moroccan paper said of the separatist front’s latest move to undermine the Morocco-EU relations.
The Moroccan newspaper refers to the move as part of the separatist group’s relentless public relations campaign to delegitimize Morocco’s position with Brussels. “We would like to benefit from the exploitation of natural resources in the region,” Al Ahdath Al Maghribia cited an unnamed “high-ranking” Polisario official as saying.
While it is aware that countries like France and Spain will most probably stand by Morocco, the front still hopes that “competent European institutions” will soon assess their prospective request and deliver in their favor.
In their request in the making, the separatist front is essentially upset with they have labeled “a European maneuver” from Morocco-friendly EU countries to have Brussels support Rabat, regardless of what the front sees as its “natural right” on the natural resources in the waters in question.
The suggestion is that the front wants to urge EU institutions to negotiate with them rather than with Morocco. And should it fail to achieve that aim, it would at least want to be a third party in the negotiations.
While Al Ahdath Al Maghribia does not dwell on the implications of the “absurd” request, it appears that the separatist group seeks to replenish, or sustain, the financial means of its “Sahrawi independence cause” by having part of the €220 million deal go to its coffers.
Rabat has not yet made a statement on this latest move from Polisario. But with the North African country having been adamant about the political dimension of its deal with the EU, “underpinning Morocco’s integrity over its southern provinces,” it is likely that the front is engaging in an arms wrestling with scant, and practically nonexistent, chances of succeeding.