Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

7 December 2012

Western Sahara: SADR Protests Total Operations in Occupied Western Sahara

The government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, on Wednesday, asked the French Company (Total) to stay away from any exploitation in the occupied Western Sahara without the approval of [the Saharawi] government, as explained in a letter sent by Mhamed Khadad , member of the Polisario leadership and advisor to the SADR President Mohamed Abdelaziz , to Total's Chief Executive Officer, Christophe de Margerie.

"The illegal occupation of Western Sahara is legitimized by individuals and corporations who deal with Morocco for the natural resources of the territory"

The letter asks Total to "refrain from any such activity without the approval of [the Saharawi] government"

The letter is sent the same day as Total's licence with the Moroccan state oil company ONHYM likely will terminate. Total signed an agreement most probably on 6 December 2011, and it is probable that it is lasting for exactly 12 months, meaning until today. Total's massive block was only been revealed last week.

"The conflict over Western Sahara is prolonged, and the Saharawi people denied their economic future, by exploration and development of our natural resources", stated the letter to Mr. Margerie.

"We remain confident Total SA will readily confirm it has not been, and will no longer be, engaged in any aspect of seabed petroleum exploration and development in the coastal area of Western Sahara." Mr. Khadad concluded his letter to Mr. Margerie.

SPS

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