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Morocco Suffers Legal Setback As EU Official Declares Western Sahara ‘Not Part Of Morocco’ (Forbes)

The tricky relationship between the EU and Morocco is set to become more fractious, after an influential legal opinion delivered to a Brussels court declared that the disputed territory of Western Sahara is not part of Morocco.

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Judge: EU-Morocco pacts not applicable to Western Sahara (The Washington Post)

BRUSSELS — A judge says that European Union agreements on closer ties and trade with Morocco shouldn’t apply to Western Sahara amid tensions over the disputed territory.

Advocate General Melchior Wathelet said in a legal opinion Tuesday that Western Sahara isn’t a part of Morocco, and EU member countries have never recognized the north African country’s sovereignty over the territory.

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