Western Sahara: European Commission supports settlement based on self-determination

APS - 15 March 2022

BRUSSELS- European Commission reiterated its support to the efforts of the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, to reach a "just and lasting political solution to western Sahara issue, on the basis of the right to self-determination in line with the resolutions and principles of the United Nations Charter."

In a written answer (dated on March 11) to a question by a member of the European Popular Party group, MP Massimiliano Salini, the commission assured that the EU's position over Western Sahara issue is based on UN Security Council resolutions, stating that it is a non-autonomous territory.

"The UE reiterates support to UN Security general's efforts for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that ensures self-determination for Western Sahara people, in line with the principles of the UN Charter," the commission said.

An appeal was lodged on 14 December 2021 following the European Court of Justice's ruling of 29 September 2021, to cancel trade agreements concluded between the European Union and Morocco including occupied territory of Western Sahara, the commission said the implementation of the agreements would depend on the future of the final ruling of the court of justice.