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.