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"I would like to start by thanking the Commissioner for his kind answer, although I find it to be completely insufficient. The letter which I referred to in my question was very unclear as to the European Commission’s conception of the coastal waters of the Western Sahara. However, you have expressed it with extreme clarity?. There is no doubt that the Kingdom of Morocco is currently occupying the Western Sahara and this territory is currently undergoing a process of self-determination. However, according to international law, it should be considered that Morocco has control over that territory, although it in no way has sovereignty over it. If it cannot have sovereignty over the territory, neither can it have sovereignty over its coastal waters. This would prejudice the future of those waters, given the possibility that the planned referendum on self-determination will support the independence of that territory. What situation would the Government of the Western Sahara then be in with regard to the waters which it would have the sovereign duty to administrate? I agree absolutely that we should reach a fisheries agreement with Morocco which is favourable to the interests of the European Union fishing fleet, in particular the Spanish fishing industry. But I believe this is not contradictory, on the contrary, with a legitimate interpretation of international law which I ask to be done formally. Does the Commission commit itself to formally consulting the Secretary-General of the United Nations? Yes or no, Commissioner?"@en1

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