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Date of posting : May 15, 2018

Seizure of Phosphate Cargo: Failed Political Piracy, Official

The seizure of a phosphate cargo from its legitimate owner “OCP Group” is an act of political piracy which ended in a failure, said, Thursday in Rabat, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.

The fact that no company in the world made a move to buy the cargo, which was seized for the benefit of the separatists, shows an international position of not giving legitimacy to the operation or the seized cargo, said El Khalfi at a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting.

This act of political piracy, the result of a complicity and international law violation, ended in a failure and could not reach its goals, he said, adding that the lessons learnt during this manoeuvrers are enough to reaffirm the legitimacy of the Moroccan position.

The Cherry Blossom vessel, which was illegally seized in South Africa on May 1, 2017, has departed South African territorial waters, and its cargo has been restored to its legitimate owner, the OCP Group.