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Morocco: Fishery Agreements

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy in European Union negotiations to seek the exclusion of waters south of 27°40” from any future fisheries agreement with Morocco. (270181)

As with previous fisheries agreements, the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement applies to:

“the Moroccan fisheries zone under the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Morocco”.

The fisheries agreement does not in any way prejudice the issue of the status of Western Sahara. The UK continues to believe that progress towards a negotiated solution to the dispute in Western Sahara providing for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara is best achieved under the auspices of the United Nations. To this end, and in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution (1813) of 30 April 2008, the UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his staff, and the negotiation process currently under way.