Morocco relaunches site - propaganda map is gone
On the evening of 6 November 2016, the day before the opening of the climate talks in Marrakech, the official website is relaunched. False map is gone.
Published: 06.11 - 2016 20:32Printer version    
The Moroccan hosts of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakech has just announced on Twitter that it has relaunched its website. WSRW on 2 November mentioned in a report how the previous page contained a map in which Morocco had doubled its size as compared to official UN maps.

Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara since 1975, a territorial claim not recognised by the international community nor the UN.

With the largely revised site, the erroneous map is now removed. The URL to the previously published map is inactive.

Instead, a piece of country information has been published on the new site under the article "Useful information about Morocco" [or download].

There, the description of the surface area of Morocco is nearly doubled as compared to UN data. It is also claimed that Morocco borders Mauritania, which is not the case. The coastline is referred to as near identical to the circumference of the earth:

"Surface Area: 710,850 sq. km
3,5000 km of coastline
Bordering Countries: Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south"

On the new site, it appears furthermore that Morocco is organising an event organised by something it calls "Coalition Régionale pour l'Economie Verte-Region Laayoune Sakhia El Hamra", while an exhibitor is called "Féderation des Amicales et Associations des Quartier de Laayoune".



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