This week: Kosmos opening base in occupied territory
Morocco's hunt for oil in the territory it has occupied keeps moving ahead. According to Upstream Online today, their partner Kosmos Energy is this week opening a base in Western Sahara for its offshore operation.
This week, while the Saharawis are demonstrating in Boujdour against Kosmos Energy's plans to drill offshore the territory, the oil company is increasing its presence in town.
The news service Upstream Online today published information that Kosmos would open a "supply chain base" in Boujdour to serve its offshore operation.
“The interests and the wishes of the Sahrawi people cannot be ascertained except via a referendum on self-determination or through consultation with SADR-Polisario, and neither Kosmos nor its partners have done this,” Polisario's Kamal Fadel stated to Upstream.
“Any exploration and production carried out by Kosmos, Cairn and Atwood can only serve to entrench Morocco’s occupation, and serve as pretext for seemingly normal commercial activity", he stated.
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.
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