ALGERIA URGES POLISARIO, MOROCCO TO ENGAGE IN DIRECT DIALOGUE

MALABO, -- Algeria's Minister of Maghreb, African Union (AU) and Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has called on the Polisario Front and Morocco to engage in a direct political dialogue for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations.

In a speech he delivered Wednesday at the 4th Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where he was representing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Messahel hailed "the African community's constant position in favour of the Sahrawi cause".

Messahel said that this position had foiled the "manoeuvres conducted by some non-African parties" which had attempted to impose their opinions on this issue.

As regards the crisis in Libya, Messahel stressed that since the beginning of the crisis, Algeria had never ceased to support this brotherly country and he called for the adoption of a political approach based on comprehensive inter-Libyan dialogue, national reconciliation and the rejection of violence to preserve Libya's territorial sovereignty and national cohesion.

He highlighted Algeria's role as an essential actor in the restoration of security and peace in the region, and the prevention of conflicts through comprehensive dialogue, political settlement and national reconciliation.

Regarding the Syrian crisis, Messahel said Algeria called for boosting of efforts for pacific settlement, privileged dialogue and to adopt national reconciliation between Syrians as it constitutes the alternative solution for the settlement of this crisis and the counter-terrorism part of the preservation of Syria's unity and respect for the Syrian people's choice.

Messahel also re-affirmed Algeria's support for the Palestinian people for the recovery of their legitimate rights and the establishment of an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.

Source: Nam News Network