The picture above shows the vessel BGP Prospector (to the right) last time she docked in Las Palmas port, in 2013, after a study for French oil company Total in nearby waters. Total later departed Western Sahara.
The exploration of the US oil company Kosmos Energy and the Scottish company Cairn Energy in the Boujdour Maritime block wrapped up on Wednesday April 12.
The four vessel flotilla, led by the seismic survey vessel BGP Prospector, has dispersed. Two of the ships, including the BGP Prospector, were on 13 April at a dock in Las Palmas.
Morocco is holding Western Sahara under illegal military occupation and prevents the self-determination process to conclude. Kosmos has held interests in Western Sahara since 2004, and never sought the consent of the people of the territory as is required.
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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.
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.