In the United Nations on Wednesday, Morocco accused Algeria of repeated attacks of aggression, and said that the two countries were on the brink of a fratricidal, unjudgeable war.
In the United Nations on Wednesday, Morocco accused Algeria of repeated attacks of aggression, and said that the two countries were on the brink of a fratricidal, unjudgeable war. The dispute arises over the question of the Western Sahara -- the former Spanish territory which was divided between Morocco and Mauritania in 1976. Algeria, along with Spain who did an about-face on the subject, support the Polisario Front which has been waging a guerrilla war for the territory's independence. The Moroccan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Mr. Mohamed Boucetta, levelled the charge against Algeria at a United Nations Security council debate, requested by his government.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Boucetta told the Security Council that it was a very serious time and that he was speaking particularly on the eve of a bloody and tragic confrontation between two neighbouring countries -- a confrontation that could degenerate into a widespread conflict, whose dimensions could not be foreseen.
Mr. Boucetta cited three raids -- one on a Moroccan army column, and two on the city of Assa. He said there was no doubt about Algeria's responsibility for the acts, since they had been carried out by bands equipped, trained and financed by Algerian authorities and returning to Algerian sanctuary.
Mr. Boucetta said that Moroccan casualties in the attacks totalled more than three hundred dead, two hundred and fifty-one wounded and...more than one hundred missing. He said that Morocco was endeavouring to pursue peace and to prevent Algeria from using the least pretest for pursuing what he called its "all ends". Mr. Boucetta called for the Security Council to note the acts of aggression, to condemn them, and to use its prerogatives under the United Nations charter to end them. In a recent letter to the Security Council, the Algerian government said the Moroccan charges were entirely groundless, and designed to divert the attention of the international community away from the Western Sahara problem. the Council adjourned the debate until the following day (21 June).