On 5 September 2009, the Turkish vessel 'Yasa Gulten' is scheduled to arrive Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.
This is the fourth time in 2 years that WSRW uncovers that the Turkish company Yasa Holding is shipping phosphates from Western Sahara.
The vessel Yasa Gulten carried out a similar shipment to New Zealand in December 2008.
New Zealand's massive imports of phosphate rock from Western Sahara is taking place in violation of international law, and is in support of the illegal Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.
WSRW has previously urged the New Zealand government to support the UN efforts to solve the conflict, by terminating its trade with the phosphate rock from the occupied and non-self governing territory.
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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