Nouakchott- Algerian writer and journalist Yahya Belaaskri said "it is totally unacceptable that Morocco-Algeria borders remain closed for over 20 years for two brother people.
Nouakchott- Algerian writer and journalist Yahya Belaaskri said “it is totally unacceptable that Morocco-Algeria borders remain closed for over 20 years for two brother people.
In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of a conference on “youth and migration” held in Nouakchott by the Moroccan cultural center, Belaaskri said that this situation “is abnormal and in total contradiction with the ambitions and aspirations of the two neighbor people who are linked by shared history, language and religion”, holding Algeria responsible for persistently refusing to reopen the borders.
The France-based Algerian writer, specialized in sociology also stressed that Algerian authorities are refusing to reopen the borders under the pretext that it is a political issue, adding that “if so were the case, it should be handled by dialogue between the two governments”.
Belaaskri insisted that Algerians and Moroccans have the right to move freely, deploring that several families are denied the rights to visit with close relatives and friends on the other side of the border.
He also praised Morocco’s initiative to set up a council in charge of Moroccans abroad as an experience that should be adopted by other countries, given the institution’s role in promoting the attachment of Moroccan expatriates to their homeland and in facilitating their contribution to their home country’s development.
The sociologist further welcomed recent measures by Morocco to settle the situation of Sub-Saharan undocumented immigrants in Morocco as actions “likely to guarantee the protection, stability and dignity of these immigrants.