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A European Parliamentarian accuses Morocco of "systematic violation of international law"
22/05/2007

The European Parliamentarian Willy Meyer, from Izquierda Unida (United Left, 3rd political force in Spain), accused Morocco, Tuesday in Strasbourg, to be "systematically violating the international law" and called on the European bodies "not to turn the head away" from the situation that prevails in the occupied territories of the Western Sahara.

"The European bodies should not turn the head . We are speaking about a country, Morocco, which is systematically violating the international law and the human rights in the occupied territories" of the Western Sahara, Mr. Meyer affirmed, according to a press release published in Madrid by his party.

The Parliamentarian called on the European Parliament, during his intervention in the plenary session, to "back" and "accompany" the implementation of the UN Security Councilís resolution 1754, especially the 2 article that "encourages a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of the Western Sahara".

He underlined that the self-determination is "the fundamental pillar" of this resolution that reaffirms the support of a solution to the conflict that is "just and conform to the international legality ".

Mr. Meyer asked the European Parliament to "firmly engage" in promoting a solution that comes within the framework of the principles defined in the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council last April the 30th.

On another hand, he denounced the violation by Morocco of the principles contained in this resolution. "Though the resolution is clear, the Moroccan constant position is not since it systematically violates this resolution and impede the free determination of the people of the Western Sahara", he said.

"During the last week, three Saharawi human rights activists were detained in El Aaiun (the occupied capital of the Western Sahara). There is a systematic violation of these fundamental rights by the kingdom of Morocco", the European Parliamentarian denounced.