The Association for the Monitoring of the Resources and for the Protection of the Environment ( AMRPENWS).
Elaaiun, Western Sahara: February 26th, 2016.
Elaaiun, Western Sahara, 2016: Lithuanian fertilizer producer, Lifosa, will stop importing phosphate from occupied Western Sahara to adhere to international law. This breaking news was announced last Thursday by ¨ EuroChem Group¨, the parent company of Lifosa. The Group does not intend to purchase phosphate rock from Western Sahara in 2016 or any time over the foreseeable future. Lifosa ranked as the second biggest phosphate importer globally, and the second biggest importer of raw phosphate from Western Sahara in complicity with Moroccan Phosphate Company ¨OCP¨.
In the last few years, Lifosa company has imported more than 2 millions of raw phosphate from Western Sahara mines: Boucraa¨. This company’s decision comes at a time where the ECJ issued its verdict regarding the illegality of plundering the resources of Western Sahara without the consent and the benefit of the Saharawis. Lifosa is now the last European company to divest from Western Sahara. In 2013, Australian company Impact Fertilizers also announced that it would stop such purchases, along with fertilizer companies from Norway, Germany and the United States. In 2010, Mosaic company pulled out as well from this illegal import of Saharawi goods.
Mr. Dalil Lahcen, president of AMRPENWS , said ¨We are all delighted and happy to hear such a wonderful news¨, he also added ¨ We , as Saharawis, want to see all foreign companies divesting from Western Sahara as such economic activities are illegal and are legitimizing and empowering the Moroccan presence in Western Sahara¨.
The Association for the Monitoring of the Resources and for the Protection of the Environment ( AMRPENWS) has just released few weeks ago a report in Arabic about all companies involved in the plundering of the Saharawi phosphate from the mines of Boucraa. Saharawis have always protested against such companies that ignore the international law and legality. Western Sahara is a disputed land. Its people were promised a referendum for self-determination in 19991 by the UN. We are now in 2016, and such a referendum never took place, thus leaving the Saharawis in a wait mode but never giving up the fight and the struggle for their land and for their rights.