Latest reports indicate that a meeting between French and Algerian rebel government leaders is imminent.?
Latest reports indicate that a meeting between French and Algerian rebel government leaders is imminent. If such a meeting took place, one of the Algerian leaders present would probably be Ben Bells, now held by the French authorities on the Island of Aix, near Fourras, at the mouth of the Charente river.
Crossing from the mainland Mar 12 by the once-daily small boat, Mme Beauvillard, Ben Bella's counsel, and Maitre Thouder, lawyer relative of one of the four other Algerian prisoners held with Ben Bella in Fort Liedot on the island, refused to comment on the imminent release of Ben Bella, but it is felt that his release would coincide with the end of the Feast of Ramadan-Mar 16-17.
On the island of Aix - where Napoleon awaited transportation to exile in St. Helena after his defeat at Waterloo - the five Algerian rebel leaders have been held since they were moved from Saintes Prison in 1959, where they were taken after French fighter aircraft forced down their airliner at Algiers while on a flight from Rabat, Morocco, to Tunis in Oct 1956.
"Afrique" Action", on influential Tunisian magazine, reports that a French delegation led by M. Louis Joxe, Minister for Algerian Affairs, will meet a delegation from the Algerian rebel government for peace talks somewhere in the French Savoy this week. Similar negotiations are said to have begun in Switzerland on Feb 20, when M. Pompidou, former head of President de Gaulle's private secretariat, met M. Boumendjel, head of the political Department of the rebel's Information Ministry.