Algeria's diversionary tactics, main obstacle to settling Sahara issue former US diplomat

Washington - The Algerian regime continues to hinder UN efforts to find a political, lasting, realistic and mutually acceptable solution to the Sahara issue through resorting to diversionary moves, former US diplomat specialising in the Maghreb Robert Holley told MAP.

Speaking on the backdrop of the desperate speech by Algeria's Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday before the 25th African Union Summit, Holley slammed Algeria for not responding the UN Security Council calls to support a negotiated political solution to the Sahara issue.

To the contrary, the Algerian regime continues to use diversionary tactics which aggravates the stalemate in settling the issue and perpetuates the status quo, Holley said.