El-Aaiun, Monday March 26, 2018
Association for the Monitoring of the Natural Resources
and for the Environment Protection in Western Sahara
RE: AMRPEN denounces the continued exploration in the occupied part of Western Sahara and calls for the creation of an international mechanism for the protection of natural resources
In flagrant violation of international law, marine seismic surveys continue, BGP Prospector is a new seismographic research ship . It is owned by the geophysical service company BGP, a subsidiary of the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation(CNPC). The company operates a fleet of seismic vessels to provide marine seismic data to global clients. Its 2D, 3D, 4D. It has been rented by the US company Kosmos Energy.
Cosmos also uses the seismic survey to carry out its mission, with the support of the Geo service 1 vessel. Its role is to keep up with the work of the main vessel and supply it with essentials of fuel, supplies and machinery. The logistics and support process also includes three other vessels: Jan van Gent ، Flamingo and the ship guard Shannon Guard vls, which AMRPEN documented anchored at the port of Dakhla yesterday. recently joined the BGP prospector , a fleet of five powerful and modern seismic Norwegian ships. Some are unknown Name:
- Norwegian ship registered under MMSI 257999313.
- Norwegian ship under the name CHA OPERATION AREA S – Isolated Danger and registered under MMSI 257999312.
- Norwegian ship with the name A.Reference Point and registered under: MMSI 257999310
- Norwegian ship under the name: PORT CABLE FWD – Reference Point ,registered under : MMSI 257999309.
- Two Norwegian ships with the same name, T Reference Point, and two registrations respectively: MMSI: 257999314, MMSI: 257999311.
These vessels carry 12 steel cables parallel to a length of up to 8,500 meters. These cables form a width of up to 2000 meters, connected to a buoy with light signals and bright bars, to signal the presence of steel cables at the depth.
It also helps to acquire three-dimensional marine seismic data and superiority seismic data, as well as fast tracking results, allowing for accurate data and high quality final images.
This form of exploration contradicts General Assembly resolution 1803, entitled Permanent sovereignty over natural resources, which states that the right of peoples and nations to permanent sovereignty over their natural resources , and resources must be exercised in the interest of their national development and their people.
There is no doubt that the Moroccan occupation is accelerating to intensify the exploration of gas and oil in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
Therefore, we are alerting the danger of this prospecting to the environmental field and its negative impact on the biomass along the coastline, which is covered by the Seismic surveys in the region.
In addition to its dedication of the occupation and support the Moroccan regime to continue its arrogance and intransigence, as it violates the sovereignty of the Sahrawi people on its natural resources and prolonging its suffering
On this basis, AMRPEN condemns this serious violation and ignites all foreign companies to respect their moral obligations and principles of corporate social responsibility and remind them of the special status of Western Sahara as a region where the decolonization has not been completed, also the last decision of the European Court of Justice of february 20, 2018″has ruled that the territory of Western Sahara does not form part of the territory of Morocco. On this basis we declare the following:
- we warning that prospecting deep into the ocean would cause long-term devastating damage to marine life.
- We remind all Companies that for any economic activity to be legal in Western Sahara, it needs the consent of polisario the internationally recognized representative of the Territory.
- We demand that Kosmos Energy stop all surveys and all exploratory activities in occupied terretory of western sahara
- We call upon the Government of Norway to put pressure on ships flying their flag and operating in areas under occupation.
- We appeal to the international community, the United Nations and the Security Council to intervene urgently in order to prevent these acts of aggression against the natural resources of Western Sahara and to create an international mechanism to protect these resources from plundring .
- We call on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to act as soon as possible in order to enable the Sahrawi people to self determination.
- We emphasize the continuation of work until the Saharawi people are able to extend full sovereignty over their natural resources.