Brussels – Panama’s decision, permitting the ship carrying Moroccan phosphate to pass through its canal compels South Africa to do the same, or else it will endure a very likely political defeat if it continues dealing with the matter in the same way.
Indeed, The announcement had a terrible effect on the Polizario-Algeria axis : the “Ultra Innovation” carrying Moroccan phosphate, stopped last Thursday at the Panama Canal, was able to carry on its route to its final destination, Vancouver in Canada.
It all started with a judicial seizure order issued by the maritime affairs court, at the request of the Polisario, but the seizure lasted short. The ship left the port of Laayoune on April 28th, with 55,000 tons of phosphates and is expected to arrive safely in early June in a painful slap for the Polisario and its Algerian sponsor, but also a strong message addressed to South Africa.
The Polisario tried to repeat the strike this time from Port Elizabeth, Panama, but the reaction of the country’s authorities resonated like a crushing failure for the separatists while The vessel they attempted to obstruct continued on the way as planned.
Indeed, reports Al Ahdath Al Magribia (Moroccan Newspaper), in its edition of Monday, May 22nd, the ship in question continued on its way to its destination: the port of Vancouver, Canada, where it should get by the beginning of next month.
The Polisario tracked it from the start, until it reached Panama awaiting a seizure decision issued by a court specialized in maritime affairs, at the request of the Polisario. It ship was in fact halted last Thursday, but according to a well-informed source quoted by the newspaper, it had been released shortly after. Resulting in a reaction from Morocco through its official bureau of phosphates management, the OCP.
The newspaper said quoting the same source, that the decision of the Panamanian authorities to release the ship is a bitter failure for the Polisario :”The Front tried unsuccessfully by these vile and corrupt actions to divert the question of the Sahara, currently examined by the United Nations, from the progressing process of resolution, according to the approach fixed by the United Nations seeking a political solution that peacefully suits everyone.
The case, as the paper recalls, is undergoing significant development in court, a session was set in May 18th and the final decision is due on 9 June. In this regard, Morocco emphasized in court that “the assertions of the applicants are an improper and an inappropriate attempt to perturbe the recognized international political process currently under way and actively led by the UN Security Council “.
Until the judges legally submit their decision on June 9, OCP and Phosboucraa expressed their conviction that the legal basis and the facts are im Morocco’s side. While Phosboucraa will continue to operate as a responsible player committed to strengthening the regional economy, improving the quality of life of the local population and ensuring a more promising future.
Sahara Watch Organisation