The works of the African Union (AU) Summit held on Sunday and Monday in Addis Ababa marked Algeria’s return to the African arena, with the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune reaffirming commitment and immutable positions towards the resolution of conflicts in Africa and the world.
President Tebboune thus marked his participation in this meeting of Heads of State and Government with a speech that was very well attended by his African peers, in which he stated that « the new Algeria, in the process of being built, will remain faithful to its principles and commitments, and will henceforth play fully its role at the continental level and globally. »
The head of State voiced Algeria’s commitment to contribute « more effectively » to achieving development in the African continent.
« Our successful experience confirms our conviction that resolving the crises in our continent requires peaceful solution, all-inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation, far from any foreign interference, » he said, after recalling the tragic decade lived by Algeria during the 1990s.
« Thanks to the saving energy of its people and its youth, » Algeria ushered in a « new era to consolidate its democracy and create conditions conducive to development,” he continued.
The head of state said that “in the aftermath of the December 12 Presidential Election, Algeria ambitions to engage political, economic and social reforms. Algeria is « resolutely determined to change its system of governance and to build a State guaranteeing social justice and the supremacy of the law.”
As regards African, President Tebeboune said that “our successful experience confirms our conviction that resolving the crises in our continent requires a peaceful solution, all-inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation, far from any foreign interference. Stemming from this deep conviction, Algeria will always work tirelessly to support efforts aimed at the establishment of peace and security in Africa.”
« On all these matters, Algeria has constantly contributed, in multiple manners, to the efforts aiming the establishment of durable stability in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region, whether at the bilateral level or through mechanisms such as the Joint Operational Army Staffs Committee (CEMOC) or the Fusion and Liaison Unit (UFL) or through the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), » said the head of state.
Algeria for the end of all interference in Libya
Speaking about Libya, with which Algeria shares a long border and a common destiny, the Head of State said that the situation in this country « continues to arouse anxiety in Algeria », calling it « grave. »
« The brotherly Libyan people do not deserve the suffering they endure today. This is why, Algeria, faithful to its diplomatic tradition, offered to host dialogue between the Libyan brothers, as stated in Berlin and, recently, in Brazzaville, during the summit of the AU Level High Committee on Libya, held under the patronage of my brother President Denis Sassou Nguesso, » said the Head of State.
« Algeria, which calls for the end of all attempts of interference in Libya, strongly supports the continuous efforts to end hostilities and to create the conditions for dialogue between the Libyan brothers, the sole means to finding a solution to the crisis and to prevent this African country from being the scene of rivalries of States. »
Broaching the Sahel crisis, he described it as « sad and regrettable illustration », noting that « the already fragile stability in countries, such as Mali, suddenly deteriorated in the aftermath of the crisis in Libya. Niger also did not escape to the deadly attacks on his army. »
With the resurgence of bloody terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso and other attempted attacks in Sahel countries, instability spreads throughout the Sahel despite the courageous efforts of these countries, said the president.
President Tebboune also reiterated Algeria’s solidarity with the countries of the Lake Chad Basin which are facing the subversive acts of Boko Haram, with the help of the Multinational Joint Force.
« I also welcome the initiatives taken recently to develop strategies to combat terrorism in the Sahel. These initiatives cover all military, political, economical and diplomatic aspects, » he added.
President Tebboune urges « rapid » appointment of UN Envoy to Western Sahara
President Tebboune also urged the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres to « rapidly » appoint his Personal Envoy and to revive the settlement process in Western Sahara.
« Since the resignation of the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy, Horst Kohler, the UN peace process has been on a rocky road. Moreover, a few days ago, I sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General urging him to hasten the appointment of his Personal Envoy and to relaunch the Western Sahara settlement process, » regretted President Tebboune in his address to the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit.
The question of Western Sahara has still not been resolved, despite the fact that « for many years, the United Nations and the Security Council, supported by our continental organization, have been working for the implementation of the settlement plan for the question of Western Sahara based on the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, » he said.
Moreover, The President of the Republic, emphasized the need for « a solution that guarantees the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, through the organization of a free and fair referendum in accordance with the AU and UN relevant resolutions. »
In this respect, he reiterated Algeria’s attachment to the « immutable nature of the African position in favour of the just Saharawi cause and the completion of the decolonization process in Africa, far from any prevarication manoeuvre and the status quo policy. »
Meanwhile, President Tebboune « praised the major achievements and the efficient contribution of the African Union in building peace at the continental and regional levels, through the establishment of institutional frameworks of peace and security mechanisms. »