The polisario and Algeria will remember for a long time this beginning of the year 2019 when the wind no longer turns in their favor with regard to the question of the Moroccan Sahara.
After having worked for a long time to impose a treatment distinct from the Moroccan Sahara in the European Union’s trade agreements with Morocco and in the decisions on the funds allocated to the Kingdom by the United States under international cooperation, the Polisario and the Algeria are now isolated and run against the tide of the international community, convinced that no solution can be envisaged for the resolution of the artificial conflict around the Moroccan Sahara outside the political option which has consecrated the proposal of extended autonomy, under Moroccan sovereignty, as a serious, responsible, credible and viable choice. It is indeed a black week that the “polisario” and its Algerian sponsors are living.
On Tuesday, 12 January, the European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union covering the fishing zone stretching from Cape Spartel to Cape Blanc, south of the town of Dakhla.
If the validation on 16 January by the European Parliament of the agricultural agreement between the EU and Morocco which widened the tariff preferences to products from the Moroccan Sahara was followed by an express visit, the same day, the diplomat in charge of the EU Federica Mogherini to celebrate in Rabat this legal-political victory with his Moroccan partners, the adoption of the fishing agreement on February 12 was followed by an irrefragable judicial decision from the Court of Justice from the EU to Luxembourg; who rejected a Polisario appeal that tried to cancel the mandate granted last April to the EU Council to negotiate the same fisheries agreement.
On Friday, February 15, US President Donald Trump promulgated the budget law of his country for the year 2019, which contains explicit provisions in its Title III, providing that funds allocated to Morocco must be made available for cooperation in the Moroccan Sahara.
The clear and limpid provisions of the US budget law, provide a stinging denial of the controversy that had been maintained by the opponents of Morocco on a so-called exclusion of the Sahara or a reversal of the position of the United States, after the installation Democrats in the US Congress.
Yesterday in Strasbourg, Brussels or Luxembourg, today in Washington, not to mention the African Union or the United Nations, the positions converge without interference and in all objectivity: Morocco is the only interlocutor and representative when it comes to its southern provinces.
The decisions taken at the level of the European institutions and that of the American Administration have all been motivated by the need for the southern provinces to benefit from investments established in the Kingdom in the same dynamic of homogeneous and integrated development experienced by all Moroccan regions, with the involvement of local people in the management of their local affairs.
It should be recalled that various reports from the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) clearly indicate that the development of the southern provinces remains largely dependent on investments in the region, through international agreements, which only the Kingdom of Morocco may conclude as part of the full exercise of its sovereignty over its entire territory.
The support of the US Congress and Administration, as well as the various decisions of the European institutions (Council, Commission and Parliament), not to exclude the Sahara, thus put an end to the debate on the legality of international agreements concluded by Morocco with his partners.