Testing the offshore limits

Africa Confidential Vol 55 No 6 | 21 March 2014
Sahrawi officials are again trying to get the UN to intervene with oil companies drilling in disputed offshore areas
A legal battle may be brewing between the Polisario Front, which since 1973 has aspired to rule Western Sahara, and Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions over offshore exploration. Emhamed Khadad, an advisor to the Polisario Secretary General and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, says the Front intends to involve the United Nations Security Council. On 14 March, he wrote to the head of Oslo-listed Aker Solutions that the SADR plans to inform the UNSC that his company is involved in drilling off the disputed territory's coast.
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