On 2 and 3 July 2013, Western Sahara Resource Watch contacted 16 companies that were prequalified for a controversial tender to build wind energy farms in occupied Western Sahara for the Moroccan government. WSRW asked, among other things, what these companies had done to assure that the projects take the wishes of the people of Western Sahara into consideration.
So far, WSRW has received the following response letters.
The remaining companies contacted on 2-3 July have not responded: ACCIONA, Al Ajial, EDF Nouvelles Energies, Mitsui & Co, ACWA Power, Gamesa, NAREVA Holding, TAQA, Siemens, Enel, International Power Ltd - GDF Suez.
The companies were asked to respond before 20 July 2013.
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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