President of Republic urges New Zealand to stop importing Western Sahara’s phosphate

Bir Lahlou, Dec 17, 2017 (SPS) - President of Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, called Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern to stop importing phosphate, illegally extracted from Western Sahara, underlining that this illegitimate activity contributes to the enshrinement of the Moroccan occupation and the violation of the international law and infringes the right of the Sahrawi people to their sovereignty over their natural resources.

In a congratulation message to Jacinda Arden for her election on the head of New Zealand’s government, Ghali underlined the continuation of the importation of phosphate, illegally extracted from Western Sahara by New Zealand.

Sahrawi President recalled the attempts, in vain, to dissuade the companies involved in the importation of Sahrawi phosphate, before the Polisario uses several legal measures against the cargos passing through Panama and South Africa to New Zealand and which were restored by the Sahrawi people.

President Ghali expressed his hope to see this country stopping this illicit activity which contributes to the enshrinement of the Moroccan occupation and infringes the international law as well as the Sahrawi people’s right to their sovereignty over their country’s natural resources.

He said that several companies from several countries, like Australia, Norway, Uruguay and others decided not to import Western Sahara’s phosphate. (SPS)

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