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The Norwegian government discourages WS trade
Read the statement here, published on the Norwegian government's homepages September 12th, 2007.
Published: 24.09 - 2007 21:20Printer version    
Text translated by the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara:

Western Sahara
"Norwegian authorities support the UN General Secretary's efforts for a policital solution to the situation in Western Sahara. The UN Security Council presupposes that a political solution to the conflict must entail the right for self-determination for the people in Western Sahara, and has urged the parties to direct negotiations without preconditions.

Norway believes that the international community should be united in its pressure on the parties to reach a political solution. Norwegian authorities sees international support as a precondition to implement santions against business activities in Western Sahara.

Norway sees it as important to refrain from actions that can be seen as a legitimization of the situation in Western Sahara. In order to prevent trade, investments, resource exploitation and other forms of business that are not in accordance with the local population’s interests and accordingly can be in violation of international law, the Norwegian authorities discourage such activities."

Read the original text here (in Norwegian).




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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