Western Sahara. In December, in view of the Moroccan
occupation of Western Sahara, the European Parliament
decided not to extend the fisheries agreement with Morocco
that granted EU fishing vessels access to the waters off the
coast of Western Sahara. The agreement was also considered
to be ecologically unsustainable and economically
disadvantageous to the EU.
Seven people, including two police officers, were
reported to have died in a riot after a football match in
the port city of ad-Dakhla on September 25. The unrest was
reported as a result of a group of fans loyal to the
independence movement Polisario smoking with another group
loyal to the Moroccan government. No progress was made in
the US negotiations between the government and Polisario.