When Fugro Norway was to promote itself on the Business days at the University of Oslo on 28 September, they were welcomed with cake. In 2009, Fugro was refused to attend the same event due to their engagement in occupied Western Sahara. Since then, the firm has withdrawn from the occupied territory.
In 2009, the Norwegian company Fugro Geoteam carried out seismic exploration for the occupation power Morocco offshore occupied Western Sahara. Fugro Geoteam is owned by Fugro Norway AS.
Morocco's oil programme offshore Western Sahara is in violation of internatinoal law, and Fugro has with its support taken part in stregthening the illegal occupation.
Due to the lack of ethical profile, the principal of the University of Oslo in 2009 refused Fugro Norway AS to participate at the University's business days.
But since then, the firm has left Western Sahara, and promised not to do it again. 28 September, the employees of the firm were welcomed to the same firm was welcomed with cake, partyhats and Cliff Richard's Congratulations on the boombox. The surprise party was carried out by students from the Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund.
While the Saharawi's rights have been broken, and irreparable damage has been done to their future, Mr. Einar Foss of Fugro Geoteam states that the firm is finished with the issue.
Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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