• Short Summary

    AT HIS HEADQUARTER IN ORAN JULY 29, M. BEN BELLA, THE DISSIDENT ALGERIAN VICE-PREMIER, TOLD?

  • Description

    AT HIS HEADQUARTER IN ORAN JULY 29, M. BEN BELLA, THE DISSIDENT ALGERIAN VICE-PREMIER, TOLD ASSEMBLED NEWSMEN THAT THE SEVEN-MAN POLITICAL BUREAU SET UP IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF PREMIER BEN KHEDDA WOULD BE INSTALLED IN ALGIERS "NEXT WEEK AND WOULD ASSUME ITS RESPONSIBILITIES."
    WITH HIM AT THE CONFERENCE WAS COLONEL SOUAT EL ARAB, COMMANDER OF THE CONSTANTINE REGION, WHO WAS ARRESTED BY PRO-BEN BELLA FORCES JULY 26 WHEN THEY SEIZED CONTROL OF THE REGION. COLONEL SOUAT EL ARAB SAID HE WAS RETURNING TO HIS POST TO URGE ALL ALGERIANS TO RALLY ROUND THE POLITBURO. SOME "BROTHERS", HE SAID, HAD NOT FULLY UNDERSTOOD THE SITUATION, BUT NOW EVERYTHING HAD RETURNED TO ORDER.

    M. BEN BELLA SAID RECENT TROUBLE IN CONSTANTINE WAS NOT ORDERED BY THE POLITBURO. "I AFFIRM THAT WE ARE AGAINST HAVING RECOURSE TO VIOLENCE. WE CONSIDER IN ANY CASE THAT THE CRISIS IS SETTLED. AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF FIGHTING WE SHALL NOT SHED ALGERIAN BLOOD. THE CRISIS IS SOLVED. THE POLITBURO WILL SHORTLY LEAVE FOR ALGIERS IN ORDER TO TAKE UP THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES FULLY. WE SHALL THEN RESTORE ORDER IN OUR AFFAIRS,AND PUT INTO EFFECT THE DECISIONS TAKEN ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAMME SET OUT IN TRIPOLI. THAT IS TO SAY, RECONVERSION OF THE LIBERATION ARMY INTO A NATIONAL ARMY. CREATION OF THE ALGERIAN STATE. CREATION OF THE SOLE PARTY ON WHICH THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION DEPENDS.

    ON THE AUTONOMOUS ZONE OF ALGIERS, M. BEN BELLA SAID THIS WOULD BE REORGANISED "AS WE HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED THAT IT IS A PURELY ARTIFICIAL CREATION." ON NEGOTIATION WITH VICE-PREMIER BELKACEM KRIM: "I HAVE HAD NO PERSONAL CONTACT WITH M. KRIM. BUT KHIDDER (BEN BELLA'S EMISSARY) HAS BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HIM IN ALGIERS HE DESCRIBED TALKS WITH M. KRIM AS "SATISFACTORY."
    EARLIER JULY 29, HEAVILY ARMED TROOPS OF WILLAYA 4 OCCUPIED ALGIERS AND DISSOLVED THE AUTONOMOUS ZONE THAT HAD CONTROLLED THE CAPITAL CITY SINCE APRIL 4 LAS. WILLAYA 4, THE MILITARY REGION STRETCHING FROM ALGIERS TO THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA, HAS REMAINED NEUTRAL THROUGHOUT THE POLITICAL CRISIS BETWEEN M. BEN BELLA AND PREMIER BEN KHEDDA. ITS COMMANDER, COLONEL SI HOCINE, HAS SAID HE WOULD ONLY ACCEPT A SOLUTION THAT HAS THE APPROVAL OF ALL THE SIX WILLAYAS, AND WILLAYA 3, THE KABYLIE STRONGHOLD OF M. BELKACEM KRIM IS STILL OPPOSED TO THE POLITBURO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAATYADCUK18SP0NWACY5KFIGDS
    Media URN:
    VLVAATYADCUK18SP0NWACY5KFIGDS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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