Correspondence with Longreach, 2011
Email to Longreach Oil and Gas Ltd, sent 8 July 2011.
Published: 16.07 - 2011 00:23Printer version    
From: Ronny Hansen
Date: 8. juli 2011 12:43:37 GMT+02:00
Subject: Request for meeting in London on 11 or 12 July

Dear Sir(s),
My name is Ronny Hansen, I am currently on an unexpected visit to London and would like to request a meeting with representatives of your company to discuss your involvement in Western Sahara, particularly your Zag and Tarfaya exploration licences and any other ongoing or planned on- or offshore activities in Western Sahara.

I'm a member of the board of the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara, an independent organization working in solidarity with the Saharawi people and their inalienable rights to self-determination, in defence of their human rights and humanitarian needs inside the country occupied by Morocco and in refugee camps in exile. For further background, see )

I helped start the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara in 1993, so I have been closely involved with the issue of Western Sahara for some 20 years and have lived, worked and travelled extensively in the region. I am also an activist for the global network Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW, see As you may be aware of, both organizations have for a close to a decade been actively protesting the involvement of foreign business interests with what we consider the Moroccan occupation authorities in Western Sahara. We also hold, with strong and sound backing in international law as expressed in various findings, resolutions and reports of the United Nations, that any such involvement  is both illegal and politically and morally indefensible.

We would therefore greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet you to discuss these matters and to learn more about your views on your activities in Western Sahara. If that is possible and of interest to you, I would suggest that I come to your London offices on Monday 11 July at any time. Alternatively, on Tuesday morning.

Ronny Hansen



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