The newly built drillship ‘Atwood Achiever’ is moving at a steady pace around the south coast of the African continent. It is on its way to undertake a highly controversial operation. In only a few weeks from now, the rig will be anchoring off the coast of Western Sahara, a territory largely under Moroccan occupation.
n waters about 2135 meters deep, it will commence the first drilling operation in Western Sahara’s history under Moroccan foreign rule. Exploration of oil offshore occupied Western Sahara is con-sidered to be in violation of international law. Furthermore, it undermines the UN peace process in the territory, is highly unethical since it contributes to supporting Morocco’s unfounded claims to sovereignty over the territory and disrespects the wishes of the indigenous Saharawi people. No state in the world recognises Morocco’s self-proclaimed sovereignty over the territory.
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