The Algerian army generals might be regretting their support for France’s military intervention in Mali and their decision to have allowed the French army aircraft to fly over the Algerian territory in their way to Northern Mali in the context of this military intervention called "Serval" that started on Jan. 11, 2013.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika welcomed with great fanfare in Algiers in December 2012 his French Peer François Hollande who chose Algeria for his first official visit to the Maghreb. Bouteflika then believed firmly that socialist France would change its strategy towards Morocco, its traditional ally in the region.

The Algerian President afterwards threw all his weight on his army generals and pressured them to help the French army chase out Jihadists from Northern Mali.

 

But the Algerian leadership did not take into account the exceptional character which has always underlied the relationship binding Rabat and Paris, as recalled by France’s President François Holland, who is currently on a state visit to Morocco.

"The relationship between France and Morocco is unique. It goes beyond the alternations in France, the successions in Morocco and the changes in politics," he said.

The renewed support voiced by the French ruling class for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Western Sahara described as a "serious and credible basis" for a negotiated settlement of this conflict poured cold water on Algerian senior military and civilian leaders.

These leaders’ anger was also exacerbated by a phrase in a dispatch by Agence France Presse (AFP) which wrote on April 1 in a report on the French President's visit to Morocco: "Concerning the Western Sahara about which Algeria and Morocco are in conflict since 1975, France's position remains the same: Paris supports the Moroccan autonomy plan."

Part of Algeria’s fuming responses, the spokesman for the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amar Belani, attacked not only the AFP, accusing it of resorting to “incomprehensible”  “falsehood and sham” but he also insulted Morocco describing it as “occupier, colonizer and oppressor.”

According to this madman, Algeria has no ambition on the Western Sahara disputed territory and only upholds the right of the "Sahrawi people" to self-determination.

Yet Belani forgot to recall that this very Algeria which was defending not long ago the unity of Mali does everything to balkanize the territory of its neighbor, Morocco.

Analysts will surely find it very difficult to understand the Algerian authorities’ illogical logic

05/04/2013