Sahara: UN Security Council publishes Ambassador Hilale's response to his Algerian counterpart

The UN Security Council has just published, as an official document, the four-step response of Ambassador Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the UN in New York, in which he dismantles the False letter from the Algerian ambassador to the UN, Nadir Larbaoui, dated June 09, 2022.

The guilty silences of the Algerian ambassador

In his letter to the Security Council, Omar Hilale denounced the manifest omissions and the culpable silences, displayed without embarrassment, by the Algerian ambassador concerning the trips, the financing, the indoctrination, the military training of the so-called Sultana Khaya and many facts, directly implying the responsibility and complicity of Algeria in the agitations of this activist and voice of armed violence against civilians and separatism.

These assumed omissions of the Algerian diplomat reveal his inability to provide tangible answers to the irrefutable and well-argued accusations of the Moroccan ambassador. Which proves, if it is still needed, the main role of Algeria in the direct enlistment of the few separatist elements who, failing to convince by a peaceful discourse in compliance with Moroccan laws, pour shamelessly into the calls for and incitement to murder, military action, and attacks on public and private property. This is totally prohibited by international law, especially article 19 of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Algeria is nevertheless a state party.

Algeria, indisputable party

The response of the Moroccan ambassador to the denials of his Algerian colleague is a real indictment, damning for the primary responsibility of Algeria in this regional dispute, since its genesis in 1975 until today. This indictment by Omar Hilale, contrary to the rhetoric and non-diplomatic language of the Algerian diplomat, is distinguished by historical details, immutable truths, irrefutable proof, countless indelible diplomatic writings which are listed in the Security Council (the letter from the Algerian RP to the SG of the UN, November 19, 1975, S/11881), acts assumed (CCPR/C/DZA/CO/4 and CCPR/C/134/D/2721/2016), decisions interference in the internal affairs of other countries, reports of the Secretary-General (S/2002/178) and Security Council resolutions (2468, 2494, 2548 and 2602). He underlined that Algeria is mentioned 5 times, in the same way as Morocco, in the last four Security Council resolutions, demolishing the Algerian illusion of a pseudo observer status.

The reprehensible blocking of the political process by Algeria

In his letter, Omar Hilale also lays bare the base maneuver of Algeria which, by attacking the UN, tries in vain to shirk its direct responsibility in the current blockage of the round table process.

Indeed, he lists one by one the multiple manifestations of Algerian obstruction, the most indisputable of which is his letter to the Security Council of October 2021, firmly rejecting any reference to any commitment on his part to participate in the round tables. Thus, the Moroccan ambassador confronted Algeria with its lies, which the international community no longer believes, especially when it tries shamefully to impute the responsibility for the blocking of the political process to the UN. An act deemed indecent and qualified as a low maneuver by Omar Hilale and a tactic that even the friends of Algeria criticize as an aside.

The incomparable human rights situation in Algeria and the Moroccan Sahara

To the false and unfounded accusations of the Algerian ambassador about alleged human rights violations in the Moroccan Sahara, and his call for the extension of the mandate of MINURSO to include the monitoring of the human rights situation Man “like all the other OMPs”Omar Hilale replied, first of all, with the law, referring to the last 13 Security Council resolutions, which all welcome “the measures and initiatives taken by Morocco, the role played by the Commissions of the National Human Rights Council in Dakhla and Laayoune and the interaction between Morocco and the mechanisms of the special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council”.

He also mocked his Algerian counterpart’s blatant ignorance of the nuances and differences in the nature and mandates of UN peacekeeping operations. He reminded him that MINURSO is a traditional PKO with the sole mandate of supervising the ceasefire, adding, in this regard, that MINURSO is by no means the only UN peace operation that does not have a human rights component. rights, along with seven other peacekeeping operations out of the 12 currently operational.

Finally, Omar Hilale invited the Algerian ambassador to focus instead on the serious human rights violations in his own country, which have aroused the concern and condemnations of UN officials and organizations responsible for human rights. ‘Man. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, declared in her annual report to the Human Rights Council on March 08, 2022: “In Algeria, I am concerned about the growing restrictions on freedoms including the multiplication of arrests of human rights defenders, members of civil society and political opponents”.

In other words, Ambassador Hilale’s message to the Algerian representative is that when Algeria’s house is glass, its diplomat had better not throw stones at his neighbour’s.

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