Later this month, the UN Security Council will decide on the renewal of the mandate of MINURSO, the UN peace mission in Western Sahara.
In view thereof, and given the urgency created by Kosmos Energy's plans to commence oil drilling in Western Sahara, WSRW has asked the Security Council Presidency, Nigeria, for an answer to the following questions.
1) Will the UN issue a statement on the plans to drill for oil in Western Sahara’s coastal waters, as it did in 2002? 2) Will the MINURSO mandate include human rights monitoring? Can a mandate for the monitoring of resource exploitation also be proposed? 3) Will the UN explore the option of administering a Trust Fund for the Saharawi people, in which to reserve all profits from resource exploitation until the UN-sponsored process for self-determination is completed?
Copies of the letter have been sent to all other Security Council Members, the office of the UN Secretary General, UN Envoy for Western Sahara, Mr Christopher Ross, and Special Representative for Western Sahara, Mr Wolfgang Weisbrod Weber.
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.
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.
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