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western sahara

Bid to block Moroccan treaty seems to fail

Published fredag 18 februari 2011 kl 15.55
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Eskil Erlandsson

Updated 4:10 PM

Sweden has apparently failed in its attempt to block renewal of the European Union’s controversial fisheries agreement with Morocco. EU government ambassadors agreed in Brussels Friday to extend the agreement for another year.

But ministers must give their approval next week.

Sweden was among the critics opposing the extension because it consolidates Morocco’s control over the disputed Western Sahara, and allows Morocco to sell the Sahara’s fishing rights. The debate on the issue has heated up as protests have spread against autocratic regimes in North Africa.

Swedish Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Eskil Erlandsson says there is a still a chance to stop the agreement, when he and his counterparts meet on Monday. Swedish Radio News says Sweden is hoping Austria or the Netherlands will join the opponents.

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