Kerr-McGee is pulling out of Western Sahara following pressure from activists pushing for Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) independence from Morocco.
EU Observer, 9 March 2006.
Afrol News, 7 March 2006.
Campaigners from 19 European countries came together today to stop the European Union ratifying an Agreement which will violate international law and see European boats fishing in the waters of Africa’s last colony. Press release, 13 February 2006.
The Moroccan state phosphate company present in Western Sahara grew in 2006 in relation to 2005. Read press a press release from the company here.
Statement from the Sahrawi government , 17 January 2006.
Statement from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 6 January 2006.
Media clips of the Yara admissions of having imported phosphate from Western Sahara, 2005.
Story published by Oilbarrel.com, 14 December 2005.
Statement from the Saharawi governmment
"Intended Activities by Companies in Western Sahara Against the Express Wish of the Indigenous Saharawi Population". Statement of 12 oct 2005.
Following six years of negotiations and strained relations, Morocco and the European Union (EU) today finally signed a new but limited fisheries partnership agreement for the next four years. The new deal especially favours the Spanish and Portuguese fleets. Morocco, on the other hand, has used the last six years wisely to build its own modern fisheries industry. Afrol News, 28 July 2005.
The small Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara has won a great victory: the last Norwegian investor is now selling its stocks in the petroleum company Kerr-McGee. Aftenposten, 30 June 2005.
On 17 May, Mohamed Khaddad, a senior Polisario diplomat, declared an oil exploration licensing round for the waters offshore the Western Sahara at an oil industry and press gathering in London. Middle East International, 26 May 2006.
As the European Union (EU) is currently negotiating a new fisheries agreement with the government of Morocco, the exiled government of Western Sahara has voiced its concern over a possible inclusion of fisheries resources from the occupied territory in the deal. The Sahrawis call for "greater transparency and respect for international law" in the ongoing negotiations. Afrol News, 19 May 2005
Letter from Polisario representative in Europe to EU Fisheries Commissioner, 18 May 2005.
Oil Companies Very Keen On Western Sahara Despite The Geopolitical Problems. Oilbarrel.com, 14 May 2005.
Newsclips regarding Kerr-McGee's renewal of contract offshore Western Sahara, May 2005.
International campaign puts pressure on U.S. oil corporation profiting from Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.