Rabat - Kabylie's Provisional Government issued a message of gratitude to Morocco for supporting the self-determination of the Kabylie people during the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
Rabat – Kabylie’s Provisional Government issued a message of gratitude to Morocco for supporting the self-determination of the Kabylie people during the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
Founder and President of the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylie Ferhat Mehenni signed the statement of gratitude, which was released on October 28. He also urged other countries to follow Morocco’s example, according to Le360 news website.
The Kabylie are a Berber people in northern Algeria. They have been at odds with Algeria’s government since independence.
“The Anavad [Kabylie in exile] address, on behalf of Kabylie, thanks the Kingdom of Morocco and its people headed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI,” the statement noted.
“Anavad welcomes this courageous statement full of wisdom and lucidity. Solidarity that comes from Morocco to testify for the Kabyle people is of great depth and an unrivaled historic significance for the future of Kabylie,” Mehenni expressed in the message.
According to the same report, the Provisional Government of Kabylie is preparing to demand the United Nations recognize their right to self-determination within the next year, and encouraged other countries through the statement to join in their plea.
On October 27, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Abderrazzak Laassel, said, “it is deplorable that the legitimate aspirations of Kabylie’s native people are muzzled, their human rights are breached on a daily basis and their legitimate representatives and leaders are persecuted and exiled.”
The Kabyle are a strong “eight million people with 9,000 years of existence,” entitled to their “autonomy” and “the recognition of their cultural and linguistic identity,” Laassel told the UN member states.