Re.: Request for comments for upcoming report on Lifosa’s phosphate imports from occupied Western Sahara
Dear Mr. Ilyin,
Western Sahara Resource Watch is again privileged to write to you. I am writing to you regarding Lifosa/EuroChem’s phosphate imports from occupied Western Sahara in 2014.
Our research demonstrates that your company received some 7 shipments of phosphate from the Bou Craa mine in Western Sahara. We have determined those shipments totaled around 400,000 tonnes, making Lifosa/EuroChem one of the biggest importers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara for the calendar year 2014.
In the coming weeks, WSRW will publish a follow-up report to its “P for Plunder” report of 2014. The revised edition of the report will offer information about the importing companies, and about the estimated volume and market value of the imports. Given the estimated size of Lifosa’s imports, the company will surely be featured in that report.
We would be grateful if, before February 12, Lifosa/Eurochem can clarify the following matters:
1. Is it correct that Lifosa/EuroChem received (at the port of Klaipeda) 7 shipments of phosphate from occupied Western Sahara during 2014, amounting to approximately 400,000 tonnes? 2. Are EuroChem and Lifosa still planning to identify and respect the wishes of the Saharawi people in relation to this trade, in line with Lifosa’s letters from 2012, and in line with our questions to Lifosa on 10 July 2012? 3. Has the company undertaken its mission into Western Sahara, as expressed to us in previous letters?
We repeat that we highly appreciate EuroChem’s sincerity and preparedness to engage in dialogue. We hope to maintain this open line of communication with you, and look forward to hearing from you.
Sara Eyckmans Coordinator Western Sahara Resource Watch
A copy of this letter was sent to; Clark Bailey, EuroChem Managing Director/Mining (Clark.Bailey@eurochem.ru) Igor Nechaev, EuroChem Managing Director/Logistics (Igor.Nechaev@eurochem.ru) Mikhail Branguleev, Head of Raw Material Supplies (Mikhail.Branguleev@eurochem.ru) Vladimir Torin, Head of Communications (Vladimir.Torin@eurochem.ru) Olivier Harvey, Head of Investor Relations (Olivier.Harvey@eurochem.ru)
EuroChem's reply of 28 March 2018 to WSRW, stating they "have no plans to purchase supplies from Western Sahara". EuroChem's subsidiary Lifosa AB received its last shipment of the conflict mineral in October 2016, despite earlier statements they'd halt all further imports from the territory.