Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister namedrops invasion at COP22 opening
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Morocco's minister of foreign affairs - as expected - today propagated about his country's occupation of Western Sahara during the opening statement of COP22.

Published 07 November 2016

As expected: when Morocco opens COP22 meeting at the national day of the occupation, the government would make a point of the occupation of Western Sahara. 

Prime minister Salaheddine Mezouar gave his first press conference today as COP22 President on the opening day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. 

"Salahedinne Mezouar pointed to remarks from HM King Mohammed VI made on the anniversary of Morocco’s Green March (November 6) in which he called for Marrakech to be the COP of action", the official COP22.ma website notes.

That site is administered by the Moroccan government. The "Green March" refers to the Moroccan invasion of the territory of Western Sahara. The march was condemned by the United Nations at the time. 

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Morocco also uses the Twitter account @COP22 for similar random propaganda. On the COP22.ma website there is now a photo (see picture to the right) from a press conference regarding a football match in the occupied territory which WSRW wrote about on 5 November. "On the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the Green March", the banner reads. 

Mass graves are still uncovered of people from that time. Over 500 Saharawis - indigenous of Western Sahara - are still missing, and half the people of the territory are now refugees as a consequence of the invasion. 

One of those who fled was Suelma Beirouk - vice president of the African Union - who is today deported from Morocco. The latest information from Beirouk is that she will be sent to Mauritania. She has been in police custody for more than 24 hours. 

Western Sahara Resource Watch on 2 November published a report - Powering the Plunder – What Morocco and Siemens are hiding at COP22, Marrakech - outlining Morocco's energy projects on occupied land. Those projects are used by the Moroccan state phosphate company to increase its profits on mineral plunder of the territory. 

The website article can also be downloaded here. 

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