Algeria's Leadership Having Fun on Public Relations, while the Country Plunges into Crisis

Al-Ittihad Al-Ichtiraki newspaper has commented on the baseless Algerian leadership's statements about so-called attacks and bombing of Polisario militia groups on Moroccan military sites along the security wall in the Moroccan Sahara region.


The newspaper underlines, in an Op-Ed signed by Talaâ Saud Al-Atlassi published in its Thursday's edition, that since the peaceful liberation of the Guerguerat border crossing post, “a process of issuing statements with military content has been launched in Algeria, and it is continuing until now, telling about the attacks and bombing carried out by the Polisario militia on Moroccan military sites along the security wall", noting that these are "statements edited at the Algerian taking-decision offices that attach the signature of Polisario before publishing them through the Algerian News Agency."


The article pointed out that these statements "talk about hundreds of people killed, vehicles and barricades destroyed, smoke seen from a distance…", stressing that "nothing of all this has been seen by our people in the Moroccan Sahara cities and villages mentioned in the statements, neither were they seen by MINURSO observers concerned with monitoring the ceasefire ... nor did it have a serious echo in international media outlets. It was not even reported by the satellites directed precisely from the sky to the region and set up by the great powers."


Saud Al-Atlassi underlines that these statements are not concerned by the truth. They only seek to turn their lies into reality, by force of repetition, in application of the lessons of the Nazi propaganda of its founder, Mr. Goebbels ...," noting that these statements are only intended to "incite the world against Morocco, on the pretext that it is violating the 1991 ceasefire agreement, even though the Polisario is the one which does not stop expressing "pride" in firing without a response from the Moroccan forces ... The truth is they are more concerned with crying out against UN Security Council resolutions, claiming that there is no other solution but a self-determination referendum in the Sahara."


"Since 2004, the Security Council has developed its resolutions according to the international interaction with the conflict, until it has decided in its current form, as of October 2020, which calling for a" realistic, pragmatic and sustainable political solution ... based on consensus", the author of the article said, highlighting that this decision is devoid of any reference to the self-determination referendum.


This resolution in which Algeria is considered as a party to the conflict "after years of hiding behind the claim that it is just a supporter of a movement and has nothing to do with its conflict with Morocco," the source pointed out, adding that "this Algeria, too, is acting, today, with enthusiasm to destroy international legitimacy, far away from its parameters."


Saoud Al-Atlassi noted that "it is not these fiery statements that concern Moroccan diplomacy, as the latter defends a Moroccan national right that is sensed by Security Council resolutions and supported by recent political developments,” adding that "the strength of Moroccan diplomacy is nourished by the patriotic right that it defends, and legitimized by its effectiveness in a highly sensitive African region.


“This is what has not been understood by the Algerian leadership that is confronted to a phase of confusion and not paying attention to the transformations that Algeria is undergoing,” the source said, adding that Algeria is a country “haunted by the past and closed to the present or the future.” “It is now lacking the legitimacy of achievements, while living on the glories of the legitimacy of the liberation war," Al-Atlassi underlined.


"However, we are at a time when the Algerian popular movement - Al Hirak - expresses the distress of millions in Algeria, the suffocation of their hopes and the growing pain in their country," he said, noting that Algeria "is at a crossroads, and it is in need of comprehensive reforms in all the social and economic sectors as well as at the level of governance.”


Algeria is "a state distracted from the interests of its country, a state that only takes care of the interests of its generals, only strives to produce crises ... inside and near the country, and collects disappointments as reflected by its diplomatic isolation and its divergence from political realism," the author of the article said, noting that it is a state that" has nothing but balloons of statements and political communiqués to hide its structural crisis and create fake glories that are just bubbles."


"It seems that the Algerian leadership is having fun on spending time in statements and movements of the same kind of public relations operations emanating from this country. These are ineffective operations that remain far from being serious and incompatible with the developments of the Moroccan Sahara issue and the contexts of its international interactions,” Al-Atlassi stressed, noting that the Algerian leadership does not mind using obsolete organizations, including the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.


The author of the article said in this regard that the International Association of Democratic Lawyers has sent a letter to the Security Council that is totally devoid of any legal reference in form and content and without any relation to human rights.


This letter, he said, written by a beginner of the childish left, collected the allegations of the "polisario" and Algeria, including only one statement of a representative of the Polisario. The latter, armed with hatred, describes Morocco as an oppressive country that does not respect human rights, kills and kidnaps its own people. A fake image described without any investigation, documentation or reference, especially of the Moroccan Sahara where a climate of euphoria and democracy prevails and where democratic life is flourishing.


It is on the basis of this democratic climate that Morocco established its political system and its social structures, while deepening the dimension of human rights in its governance, knowing that the work of the National Human Rights Council and of its regional branches in the Sahara is widely praised by the international community, mainly by the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms.


For all these reasons, Talaâ Saoud Al-Atlassi called on the Algerian leadership to "get rid of the scourges of its current situation and to deal with due seriousness with the political developments that have moved forwards the issue of its dispute with Morocco over its Sahara, and opened it to a new dynamic ... a dynamic that can help Algeria and make it useful to its own people while benefiting from its neighbors."