COPENHAGEN-Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel hosted a conference, Thursday in Copenhagen, on Algeria’s contribution to stabilizing the region and the Arab world and its counterterrorism and deradicalization experience.
The Algerian official added that “this action is also based on respect for the territorial integrity of the countries concerned, their sovereignty, their national unity and also the preservation of their national cohesion.
M.Messahel referred to the contribution of Algeria for the peaceful settlement of the crises, such as; the border agreement between Iran and Iraq in 1975, the release, in 1981, of American diplomats hostage held in Tehran, the peace agreement signed in 2000 between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which had put the country in armed conflict and today allows these two countries to restore their relations and to positively consider their common future, as well as the mediation in the Great Lakes crisis and the conclusion of the Ta’if Agreement that ended the civil war in Lebanon.
Addressing the situation in Libya, Messahel said that “Algeria, as a neighboring country, fully supports the efforts and the road map of the United Nations for a political solution between all Libyan parties without foreign interference, respecting the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, unity and national cohesion of this brotherly country, recalling that Algeria maintains a position of equidistance with all parties, with whom it maintains, moreover , regular contacts “.
On the situation in Mali, Messahel said that “Algeria remains fully committed to the implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement, despite the proliferation of violence and terrorism “.
Regarding the situation in Western Sahara, the Foreign Minister stressed that “Algeria supports the efforts of the United Nations for the exercise by the people of this non-autonomous territory of its inalienable right to self-determination , in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions and international legality “.
He pointed out that “it is in this spirit and on this basis that Algeria took part, as an observer, as well as the other neighboring country, Mauritania, in the recent round of Geneva by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Western Sahara “.