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New Zealand Police Commissioner requested to investigate phosphate imports from occupied Western Sahara

5 months ago at 06/Dec/2021 24

New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster received on 25 November a request submitted by the Western Sahara Campaign in New Zealand to look into imports of phosphate rocks from occupied Western Sahara.

A statement of the Western Sahara Campaign in New Zealand – reviewed by Sumoud – confirmed that imports of phosphate from occupied Western Sahara by New Zealand companies did not have the approval of the Polisario Front, internationally recognized as the sole legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people.

The statement recalled that the legal advice provided by Hans Corell, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations in 2002, concluded that the exploitation of the resources of Western Sahara must be done with the consent of the Sahrawi people, which New Zealand companies ignore.

For this reason, the Western Sahara Campaign in New Zealand considers that the imports are illegal, which requires the New Zealand police to conduct an investigation.

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