Algeria clings to the past as the Security Council looks to the future

The ambassador permanent representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale stressed, in New York, that the speech of Algeria “clings to the past” while the Security Council of the United Nations projects towards the future, by working for a political solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara. Speaking before the 4th Commission of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Hilale noted that Algeria “drilled the Commission (4th) with its eternal selective reading of the 1514 declaration in a vain attempt to mislead the members of the 4th Committee ”, specifying that this declaration, which is a soft law or declaratory resolution, is not limited only to enacting the principle of self-determination. “On the contrary, its authors have included legal barriers to this principle, codifying in paragraph 6, the imperative of respecting and preserving national unity and the territorial integrity of nations, which are rights. and principles already enshrined for centuries, both in treaties between States and in multilateral agreements, including the Charter of the United Nations ”, explained the Moroccan diplomat. In this regard, he observed that the implementation of any principle of law, whether internally or internationally, imperatively requires the adoption of implementing provisions, noting that this is the case with the 1514, whose implementation modalities were codified, in resolution 1541, twenty-four hours after its adoption by the General Assembly. “What is more, these implementing provisions were supplemented and updated, 10 years later, by declaration 2625, which also insisted on respect for territorial integrity and the obligation of States to refrain from resorting to the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity of other states ”, continued the ambassador. He further recalled that this declaration reiterates the duty of each member state to “refrain from organizing or encouraging the organization of irregular forces or armed bands, in particular bands of mercenaries, with a view to incursions on the territory of another State ”. “These are all provisions of international law that the Member States of the United Nations, in their great wisdom, were keen to put in place to protect the States against any fragmentary interpretation or abusive exploitation of 1514. It was, alas, to count without the obsessive relentlessness of Algeria, for decades, against the completion of the territorial integrity of my country ”, regretted the ambassador.