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    Algeria had denied charges of committing acts of aggression against Morocco. The denial came during?

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    Algeria had denied charges of committing acts of aggression against Morocco. The denial came during a United Nations Security Council debate on Thursday (21 June) after an earlier claim by Morocco that armed bands from Algeria had attacked its territory.

    SYNOPSIS: The Algerian Ambassador to Paris, Mr. Mohamed Bedjaoui, replied before the Council to the Moroccan allegations. He stated emphatically that the Algerian army had never crossed its border with Morocco and he said recent fighting inside Moroccan territory was the result of that country's occupation of the Western Sahara.

    Mr. Bedjaoui said Morocco had invaded Western Sahara, occupied it, and partitioned it. And Morocco alone could be considered an "aggressor state". He said the Polisario Front -- and Algerian-backed movement fighting for the independence of Western Sahara -- was now broadly in control, and able to take its forces into Moroccan territory itself. The previous day (Wednesday, 20 June), Moroccan spokesman Mohamed Boucetta had charged that the Algerian government had been responsible for some time for launching armed gangs to attack his country's national territory.

    These charges, said Mr. Bedjaoui, were entirely groundless. The Western Sahara problem was a political one which called for a political solution. It called for Moroccan recognition of the right to self-determination for the people of the disputed territory, he said. According to an Algerian daily newspaper (El Moudjahid), the Polisario Front has been invited to speak before the Security Council on the issue. It said a spokesman was on his way to New York to join the debate.

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