Ferhat Abbas, "Premier" of the nationalist "Algerian Provisional Government in exile", July 26 opened the 4th Convention of Algerian Muslim Students in Tunis - the capital where his Government is based.
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Background: Ferhat Abbas, "Premier" of the nationalist "Algerian Provisional Government in exile", July 26 opened the 4th Convention of Algerian Muslim Students in Tunis - the capital where his Government is based.
Ambassadors from Iran, Morocco and Yugoslavia - countries recognizing the Algerian rebel Government - and student observers from abroad attended the inaugural session.
Mr. Abbas said the people of the Arab Maghreb, in north Africa, together with their other African brothers, would be able to end the continuing aggression and greed of a colonial imperialism which refused to understand or recognize African sovereignty.
The Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian people would follow the example of their own students in forming a closer association, and would exercise important influence in the western Mediterranean. The students were already exploding the colonialist-inspired myth of superior and inferior races.
They were ready now to die for Algerian liberation, and must also prepare to build an independent Algeria. He urged his audience to ignore de Gaulle's 1959 declaration recognizing Algeria's right to choose its own destiny: the French Government, he said, was firmly and deliberately following a policy of war.
French leaders who spoke of peace but prolonged the war were trying to impose "pacification" on Algeria. They wanted to retain political power and the natural wealth of Algeria.
The real duplicity of the French Government became fully apparent when Algerian envoys went to Melun to make way for a negotiated settlement of Algerian problems. The Melun meeting showed that what the French Government really wanted was Algerian capitulation.