UN: natural resources new front for Western Sahara talks
ross_610.jpg

UN special envoy to Western Sahara states how the natural resources are currently the main topic of peace talks between Morocco and Polisario.
Published: 29.01 - 2012 18:12Printer version    
Christopher Ross, a former US top diplomat, was in 2009 appointed the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General, for the Western Sahara conflict. In an interview published on the UN webpages 25 January 2012, Mr. Ross talks about the need to end the Western Sahara conflict and the human tragedy of the conflict.

Among the issues he brings up are the natural resources. He clarifies how the natural resources are introduced as the new front for the so far deadlocked UN sponsored talks between Morocco and Polisario.

“They’ve agreed that they could begin by discussing natural resources and demining and then moving on to other subjects”, Mr. Ross stated.

Ross refers to the urgent need that the conflict is solved:

“The costs include the humanitarian plight of the refugees, increasing questions about human rights, the expense of maintaining significant military forces, and an inability to plan for the use of the natural resources of Western Sahara in a proper way“, Ross stated.

Western Sahara Resource Watch has long argued that Morocco’s plundering of the resources of the territory, in violation of the principles defined by the UN on the matter, contributes to uphold the unsustainable status quo.

While the two parties are in UN talks over the natural resources of Western Sahara, Morocco is now about to enter a free-trade/agriculture agreement with the EU, which would entail an increased plunder of the resources of the Saharawi people.

The main beneficiaries of the upcoming agricultural agreement are the owners of plantation lands in Western Sahara, including the King of Morocco, one of the wealthiest regents in the world.

    


EN ES FR DE AR

Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!

tn_court_photo_gdeim_izik_610.jpg

Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch

tn_sjovik_demo_610.jpg

Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder

tn_poweringplunder_eng_610.jpg

At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.
The Western Sahara oil curse

tn_san_leon_protest_camps_8_august_2015_610x200.jpg

Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.

WSRW.org News Archive 2017
WSRW.org News Archive 2016
WSRW.org News Archive 2015
WSRW.org News Archive 2014
WSRW.org News Archive 2013
WSRW.org News Archive 2012
WSRW.org News Archive 2011
WSRW.org News Archive 2010
WSRW.org News Archive 2009
WSRW.org News Archive 2008
WSRW.org News Archive 2007
WSRW.org News Archive 2004-2006


Register for our English newsletter:









These web pages have been built with the financial support of the trade union Industry Energy