Omar Hilale: The Kabyle people existed long before Algeria was founded
During the Committee of 24 symposium on the Caribbean region in Dominica, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations exercised his second right of reply to the misleading statements made by Algeria’s representative to the United Nations, Soufian Mimouni, concerning the alleged self-determination of the “people of Western Sahara” and the “occupation of Sahara by Morocco.”
Hilale emphasized that the people of Moroccan Sahara’s right to self-determination had been completed with Morocco’s return of its Saharan territory and had been implemented on a daily basis since then, via various institutional acts and powerful political activities, including:
– To defend the Kingdom’s territorial integrity at all national, diplomatic, and international levels.
– Participation in the different electoral rights and referendums that represent the highest manifestation of the right to self-determination, in a peaceful and responsible climate, as verified in UN Secretary-General reports to the Security Council.
– Intense involvement in legislative, municipal, collective, and regional elections, with the highest participation percentage in the Kingdom at over 65%, in stark contrast to Algeria’s Qabayl area, where participation is barely 0.1%.
– The decision of the residents of the Kingdom’s southern regions to build a peaceful, integrated, open, and tolerant society devoted to democracy and human rights in the Sahara.
– The contribution of these peoples to the Moroccan Sahara’s social, economic, and cultural growth.
– The continuous dedication of all components of society to the Sahara, particularly young people and women, to execute His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s new development strategy for the southern regions, which he unveiled in 2015.
– Tens of thousands of Moroccan Saharans risked their lives to flee the Tindouf camps in southern Algeria and return to their country in Morocco. More than 20,000 people escaped the Tindouf camps, and others were killed while attempting to leave by the Algerian army or “Polisario” mercenaries.
The Moroccan Ambassador concluded that self-determination is a citizen’s responsibility and that it should be reflected on a daily basis in Moroccan Sahara.
Thus, after his perversion and repeated discourse, the Algerian delegate returned to his regular seat, obsessed with the so-called right of the Moroccan Sahara to self-determination and what he boldly referred to as the “last colony in Africa and the occupied country.”
Is there any territory or country invited to this seminar that has a hostile neighbor who has been in armed conflict for decades and has been attacked by an extraneous armed separatist group? Asked the Moroccan Ambassador. No, it does not. Algeria is solely to blame for this one-of-a-kind and highly dangerous imbalance in Morocco and its desert.
Algerian Ambassador Hilale noted that “the right to self-determination is a fundamental and universal concept that must be applied without discrimination and benefit all populations, particularly those who have been under occupation for decades.”
In that situation, Algeria, which was frantically seeking what it said was the implementation of the right to self-determination in Moroccan Sahara on every occasion, had forgotten that there were people on its land asking that they be allowed to benefit from the right to self-determination.
According to the Moroccan ambassador, “The Kabyle people had the right to self-determination long before the Algerian State formed. Why should Algeria refuse him what the Saharan 45 cans demand and go so far as to impose an armed separatist group’s disagreement on the Kingdom for years? Why are representatives of the Kabyle people not allowed to attend this Committee of 24 meeting? They also have the freedom to openly share their opinions on their future.”