L’importateur de phosphate Incitec Pivot a déclaré lors de son assemblée générale annuelle que l’ONU était responsable dans la question du Sahara occidental, pas l’entreprise. Dans le même temps, il défend l’importation qui a lieu en violation de l’avis juridique de l’ONU et de plus de 100 résolutions Onusiennes.
La question des importations en provenance du Sahara Occidental, qui ont lieu au mépris du peuple Sahraoui, et cela en violation du droit international, a été soulevée lors de l’assemblée générale de Incitec Pivot le 23 décembre 2009.
Le président d’Incitec Pivot, John Watson a déclaré qu’il croyait ce commerce légal et que ce « n’est pas à nous de résoudre le problème ».
« l’affaire est devant les nations unies, et dans la mesure où elles s’intéressent au problème, elles ont la responsabilité de le résoudre » a déclaré Watson.
Incitec Pivot travaille contre l’avis juridique le l’ONU de 2002. Plus de 100 résolutions de l’ONU ont été adoptées pour soutenir le droit du peuple Sahraoui à l’autodétermination.
En achetant les phosphates au Maroc, le pouvoir occupant, Incitec Pivot sabote ce droit établi par les Nations Unies.
IPL croit que « nous agissons de façon éthique comme entreprise ». plusieurs investisseur internationaux respectueux de l’éthique ont laché IPL de fait de leurs importations non éthiques et de leur sape du droit international.
Cidessous la déclaration de Incitec Pivot ( en anglais)
Incitec Pivot expects to meet forecasts 23/12/2009 5:48:13 PM Explosives and fertiliser supplier Incitec Pivot Ltd says its first quarter results so far show its businesses are performing to expectations.
Chief executive James Fazzino told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday that the group is looking to the future with confidence after a tough year marked by earnings declines and writedowns.
"We made progress across a range of areas, ensuring that we came out of the financial and market storms of 2009 better placed to weather the challenges of 2010," he said.
"In relation to the 2010 year, we normally don't get a strong indication of the likely direction of the year until the second quarter.
"However, the results for the first quarter, so far, show that our businesses are performing as expected."
Mr Fazzino also said he would update investors on Incitec's development of an ammonium nitrate plant at Moranbah in central Queensland before the end of March next year.
In February, Incitec announced it would slow construction of the project for 12 month due to expectations of slowing demand for ammonium nitrate from the Queensland coal industry.
Incitec reported a $179.9 million loss in fiscal 2009, mainly due to a $491 million non-cash writedown of goodwill for its Dyno Nobel global explosives business .
Chairman John Watson told shareholders that the writedown did not mean Dyno Nobel, which Incitec acquired in mid-2008 for about $3.3 billion, was not performing to expectations.
"This reflects the current cyclical softness in the US economy," Mr Watson said.
Mr Fazzino told reporters after the meeting that Incitec expects sales volumes of explosives in its North American market to be flat over fiscal 2010, although earnings will improve as a result of greater efficiency.
The Dyno Nobel explosives business derives 70 per cent of its earnings from North America.
But sales of explosives have been affected by the economic slowdown there and the consequent impact upon mining.
"What we would expect would be the volumes to be flat, which is consistent with the economy," Mr Fazzino said.
"What we've said is we'd expect a soft first half and a better second half."
Mr Fazzino said earnings in the US explosives business would be driven by savings generated by the group's Velocity efficiency program.
"So, flat top line and improvement in the bottom line because of Velocity," he said.
He said Incitec Pivot expected some growth in explosives volumes in the Australian market.
"That's also partly because we've got some new contracts," he said.
"That reflects very consistently what we're seeing in Australian mining. When mining volumes go up, explosives volumes go up."
Mr Fazzino said Incitec Pivot also expected global volumes for fertiliser would pick up a little over fiscal 2010.
"There is no free lunch in fertiliser," he said.
"The world has had quite a good crop this year, not withstanding the fact that there were large pull-backs in fertiliser use.
"So it would be the expectation of the industry that we would see improved application rates this year.
"In terms of fertiliser prices, they're just difficult to call and we've stopped predicting where they'll go."
The Incitec board was again quizzed by shareholders over the sourcing by the company of phosphate rock from Western Sahara.
One shareholder said Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco, and the occupier was selling the phosphate that belonged to another people.
The shareholder said this was against international law unless the indigenous people consented to the sale and benefited from the sale.
Mr Watson said Incitec Pivot did buy phosphate rock from a Moroccan company, and that some of that rock was sourced from the Western Sahara region.
"However, we believe that we conduct this trade legally," he said.
"We believe this is not an issue for us to resolve.
"The matter is being taken before the United Nations, and to the extent they take an interest in that matter, they are the ones that are responsible for resolving it.
"We believe that we do operate ethically as a company."
Shares in Incitec Pivot were eight cents lower at $3.40 on Wednesday.
Le Sahara Occidental est occupé par le Maroc. Les entreprises qui concluent des accords avec les autorités marocaines dans les territoires occupés, donnent un signe de légitimité à l’occupation. Cela ouvre aussi des possibilités de travail aux colons marocains et de recettes au gouvernement marocain. Western Sahara Resource Watch demande aux compagnies étrangères de quitter le Sahara Occidental jusqu'à ce qu'une solution soit trouvée au conflit.
Les principaux militants du Sahara occidental sont condamnés à des peines allant de 20 ans à la réclusion à perpétuité suite à une manifestation populaire de 2010, le camp de protestation Gdeim Izik, qui dénonçait la marginalisation sociale et économique du peuple sahraoui dans leur terre occupée.