A group of protesters gathered 5 November 2014 in front of the offices of Cairn Energy in Stavanger, the oil capital of Norway.
The Scottish company owns 20 percent of the Cap Boujdour Offshore licence in occupied Western Sahara. The Scottish-American oil drilling, starting next month, will make Morocco even less supportive to the referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara, to which it agreed when signing the cease-fire in 1991.
"The oil in Western Sahara belongs to the people of Western Sahara. Cairn has nothing to do there without asking permission from our people. It is grossly unethical of Cairn to enter into a deal with the occupying power", stated Hassan Lemnaissir, leader of the Association of Saharawis in Norway.
Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara since 1975. Its oil programme is in violation of international law, according to the UN.
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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