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Parliamentary questions
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23 September 2020
E-004261/2020(ASW)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004261/2020

The EU’s support to the Sahrawi population in the refugee camps is aimed at purely humanitarian and development purposes.

The EU position concerning Western Sahara is fully aligned with the resolutions of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, and calls for a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution to the question, based on compromise. The EU supports the UN process on Western Sahara and looks forward to the resumption of the quadripartite talks, under the aegis of the UN.

In the joint EU-Morocco Political declaration adopted on 27 June 2019(1), both partners declared their wish to strengthen bilateral cooperation during the coming years.

They are also ‘aware of the importance of responding to the challenges facing Africa, and they undertake to promote initiatives to foster peace on the continent, particularly with regard to peacekeeping, mediation and crisis management, seeking to encourage the development of a comprehensive approach combining the security dimension and human development.’

Moreover, they reaffirm their ‘support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General to continue the political process aiming to reach a just, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the issue of the Western Sahara, based on compromise in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, and in particular Resolution 2468 of 30 April 2019’ and their attachment to ‘regional cooperation, both through the Arab Maghreb Union and bilateral dialogue between neighbouring countries in the Maghreb and through their involvement in the bodies which bring together European and North African countries, such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the “5+5 Dialogue”.’

(1)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/06/27/joint-declaration-by-the-european-union-and-the-kingdom-of-morocco-for-the-fourteenth-meeting-of-the-association-council/
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