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Spanish electricity company "Iberdrola Renovables" will not invest in the occupied zone of Western Sahara
28/07/2007- APS




The Spanish electricity company "Iberdrola Renovables" declared in a letter sent by its Director General, Xabier Viteri Solaun, to the Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) that it will not invest in the occupied city of El Aaiun, where it was supposed to build a wind farm for the production of electricity following agreements with Morocco.

The letter, of which UPES received a copy, underlined that the company considers the legal status of Western Sahara and will not work in the territory without the consent of the Saharawi people.

The position adopted by the Spanish company was highly appreciated by the Saharawi civil society, and by the WSRW, which appreciated the Spanish company respect of the international legality and of the ethical aspects of such an action.

The Moroccan occupation is trying to involve some international companies in its illegal exploitation of the rich territory of Western Sahara, it should be recalled.

The UN Under Secretary General for Legal Affairs, Hans Correll, delared in a legal opinion he was asked to submit to the UN Security Council in 2002, that it is illegal to exploit the natural resources of Western Sahara.

He stated that Morocco is not the legal administrating power of Western Sahara, and for that does not have the right to exploit the natural resources of the territory, especially that Rabat is not using the income of this exploitation of the people of the territory.

The Moroccan government is in fact using the income of its illegal exploitation of the rich territory to maintain more than 120.000 troops in the Saharawi occupied cities and in the 2700 km military berm that divides Western Sahara in to from north to south.