Geneva - Ambassador of Morocco to the UN in Geneva, Omar Hilale blasted Algeria on Tuesday for posing as an observer in the dispute over the Sahara at the Human Rights Council, describing the attitude as "the lie of the century."
Geneva – Ambassador of Morocco to the UN in Geneva, Omar Hilale blasted Algeria on Tuesday for posing as an observer in the dispute over the Sahara at the Human Rights Council, describing the attitude as “the lie of the century.”
“The Algerian ambassador claims that his country is an observer in the Moroccan Sahara issue. With due respect to the Algerian Ambassador, this is the lie of the century,” said Mr. Hilale, who was allowed the right of reply to the intervention of the Algerian diplomat during the general debate of the Council in Geneva.
The Algerian ambassador made, earlier in the day, a statement devoted entirely to the Moroccan Sahara, accusing Morocco of “daily human rights abuses” in its southern provinces.
“Which country created the Polisario? Algeria. which country hosts the Polisario? Algeria. Which country funds the Polisario? Algeria. Which country arms the Polisario? Algeria,” noted the Moroccan ambassador.
Mr. Hilale also questioned the funding sources of the diplomatic campaign led by the Polisario and the activities of pro-polisario NGOs in Geneva.
“The job is done by the Algerian diplomats, as we can all see in the corridors of the Palais des Nations,” the Headquarters of the UN.
“With regard to the situation in the Moroccan Sahara and no offense to the Algerian ambassador, cities and their inhabitants live peacefully, go quietly about their economic, social, cultural and political activities,” noted Hilale.
This is not the case, he added, in the Algerian city of Ghardaya that looks more like a battlefield with burned houses, looted shops, persecuted people, and its social and religious components manipulated.
He quoted the statement made by a resident of the city for a European television which said that “Ghardaya is worse than Aleppo in Syria.”
“No offense to the Algerian ambassador, the Moroccan Sahara is open to foreign visitors, governments, parliaments, NGOs, and journalists,” said the diplomat, wondering if Algeria can do the same.
“I doubt it because the Special Rapporteur on torture has been waiting a decade to be able to travel to Algeria,” he said.