February 1, 2023

Contrary to evasive diplomatic statements, when it comes to the Sahara issue, this time the Algerian Foreign Ministry acknowledged its responsibility in the Sahara conflict, officially accepting the option of supporting the Polisario Front and the doctrine of “self-determination in the Sahara”. as he put it.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtan Lamamra told a press conference that “the essence of our country’s diplomacy lies in its support for just causes, such as the cause of the Palestinians and the conflict in the desert,” as he put it.

Algeria has repeatedly used the discourse of “irresponsibility in the Saharan conflict”, the most recent of which was the rejection of the four-party round tables between Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front, arguing that the “bilateral conflict” can not interfere in this.

El Mouradia Palace resumed this speech in early September last year during a meeting with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, calling for a solution that is limited to Morocco and the POLISARIO, but the Council of the Order retains Algeria as a party. to conflict.

In its recent resolutions, including resolution 2602, the Security Council has stressed the importance of participating in round tables and has mentioned Algeria by name five times, just like Morocco, and UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is visiting on official visits to discuss this issue. Sahara in particular.

Hisham Motaddad, a research professor in international relations, believes Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtan Lamamra’s new statement on the Moroccan Sahara case “reaffirms the extent of the great divisions that Algerian political institutions are experiencing on this issue. artificial conflict.

Motadid emphasized that “political Algeria is experiencing a dangerous schizophrenia regarding the file of the Moroccan Sahara; Most indicators and movements on the ground confirm that she is a direct and effective party in this regional conflict.”

On the other hand, El Mouradia Palace is floundering in constructing a shaky political discourse through which it wants to shirk its historical and geostrategic responsibility in this affair, adds Motad, noting that “the statements reaffirm that the axis of Algerian foreign policy is entirely development of the Moroccan Sahara case.

A statement to Hespress emphasizes that “Algeria is using this file as a geostrategic compass to chart its regional and international dynamics in order to create a kind of political legitimacy for its domestic leadership.”

Motad added that “the findings of the Algerian officials authorized to discuss this file showed conflicting positions regarding Algeria’s direct responsibility in it, which makes it fully responsible for the role it has played since the creation of the fictitious Polisario thesis.” .”

A Moroccan political scientist based in Canada concluded that Algeria “should take full responsibility for this case and sit down at the negotiating table with the rest of the parties concerned to complete the process of political settlement of the Moroccan Sahara issue.”

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