Australia is one of the leading importers of phosphates from the occupied territory. According to Impact, someone else will just import instead, if they stop.
"Ms Cate Lewis Secretary Australian Western Sahara Association PO Box 164 CLIFTON HILL VICT 3068
Dear Cate, In response to your letter dated 6 May 2008. Impact Fertilisers does import phosphate rock from Western Sahara. We hold a contrary view and advice to that expressed by you regarding the legitimacy of the trade.
Whilst we continually review our rock sources based on suitability and cost for our production system, this source remains a key and viable source for our production requirements.
In relation to your assertion that if all Australian importers were to act together to cease this trade it would alter the issues or referendum, this is fundamentally flawed. Australia is a relatively small proportion of the trade from Western Sahara and any void left would soon be filled by other purchasers.
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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