WSRW correspondence with Dechert LLP
Published 22 February 2016


Dechert LLP sent the below reply-email to WSRW on 11 February 2016. Dechert has co-produced a legal opinion for the Moroccan state-owned phosphate company OCP, purportedly stating that OCP's exports of occupied Western Sahara's phosphates is permissible under international law as it accrues benefits to the "local people". Read WSRW's initial letter, asking whether the firm would share its legal opinion with the Saharawi people, here.


REPLY BY DECHERT LLP ON 11 FEBRUARY 2016

Dear Ms Eyckmans,

Thank you for your email and letter of 8 February.

As you may already know, all advice that we provide to our clients is confidential in accordance with our strict obligations of client confidentiality under the Solicitors Regulatory Authority Code of Conduct.

Various statements that you make in your letter are incorrect - I am open to have a discussion with you about those incorrect statements on the basis of the principles of international law.

I understand you have provided copy of your letter to the UN secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, the UN Secretary General’s Special representative for Western Sahara and Head of MINURSO and the Chairperson of the Africa union Commission. I would grateful if you could provide us with their addresses so that we could copy them as well in our response.


Regards

Miriam González
Dechert LLP
www.dechert.com

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