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Algeria Slammed by EU for its Role in Blocking Progress on Sahara Issue June 28, 2010

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Brussels – On the occasion of the 5th session of EU-Algeria Association Council, held on June 15 in Luxemburg, Algeria proved anew its indisputable involvement in the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara and its direct part in the current situation of the negotiation process aimed at reaching a final political solution to this issue.

The unilateral statement released by Algeria at the end of the association council is offensive and hostile towards Morocco.

Commenting on this, Menouar Alem, Morocco’s ambassador to the EU, said Algeria made a step forward in its hostility towards Morocco by asking, to no avail, the EU to support the extension of the mandate of the UN mission to the Sahara (MINURSO) and boycott agreements and contracts to exploit the Moroccan Sahara’s natural resources.

This development, he went on to say, belies the “observer” status Algeria claims to have and proves that it is a party to this dispute, which it fuels since decades now.

He deplored that the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) is also subject to this intensification, as Algiers reiterated its outdated discourse tying the Maghreb integration to the settlement of the Moroccan Sahara issue.

This, he said, comes despite the EU’s call on “Algeria and other AMU member states to redouble efforts to revitalize inter-Maghreb cooperation.”

Alem insisted that Algeria has no moral authority to give lessons to Morocco, particularly in terms of human rights given its recurring human rights abuses on its territory, in the Tindouf camps.

In this regard, he noted that the EU officially voiced concern about the humanitarian aspects of the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, underlining in particular the hard living conditions undergone by the population in the camps.

The diplomat added that the Algerian foreign minister’s statement on an alleged convergence of positions between his country and the EU over the Moroccan Sahara issue is surprising and raises questions, given that they are aimed at distorting the EU’s official position over the Sahara issue to mislead the international community.

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