The EU summit with Morocco in Spain’s Granada region has come to a close, the first such meeting between an Arab country and the 27 nation bloc. On the agenda was the future of the Western Sahara.
President Herman Van Rompuy made it clear the EU supported United Nations efforts in the disputed Western Sahara region for “a just and lasting mutually acceptable solution”. He was categoric in his demands.
“I have expressed our will to see more progress in the respect of the citizen’s liberties and the human rights so that these rights are assured to all citizens.” he explained.
Western Sahara has been contested by the Polisario Front, an Algerian backed independence movement, since 1975.
Aminatou Haidar was present at a protest outside the summit. The Western Sahara activist was denied entry to Morocco and had gone on a 32 day hunger strike at the end of last year.
There were demonstrations too for the EU’s 2008 offer to give Morocco, “advanced status” relations, which makes the country a privileged partner of the 27 nation bloc.