Rabat - Following information there were Polisario members among the people killed in the recent Algerian military plane crash, some Algerian outlets are furious at Ould Abbes Secretary of the ruling National Liberation Front, known as FLN, who first revealed the information in a TV interview.
Rabat – Following information there were Polisario members among the people killed in the recent Algerian military plane crash, some Algerian outlets are furious at Ould Abbes Secretary of the ruling National Liberation Front, known as FLN, who first revealed the information in a TV interview.
Abbes’s revelation sparked the wrath of many in Algeria, with some critics even accusing him of “divulging state secrets” and showing to the international community that Algeria is indeed backing and hosting the Polisario front, contrary to the regime’s official narrative.
Whereas Algiers stresses that the Western Sahara question should resolved without its involvement, explaining that the search for a common ground or political solution only concerns Morocco and the Polisario Front, this incident points to Algiers’ deep involvement in the regional dispute.
In such a context or denials and opaque diplomatic moves, FLN Secretary’s interview was a blow to Algeria’s position. And that is why Algerian news outlets, have been writing scathing articles about his “irresponsible and reckless attitude”
Reporting on FLN Secretary’s interview and the information that the death toll included Polisario members, Algerian news outlet TSS wrote that in light of Algeria’s official narrative about its position in the escalating tension in Western Sahara, the Secretary’s move is an “intolerable mistake” and a “failed public appearance” that amounts to treason.
The outlet, like many in Algeria, berates FLN Secretary for “revealing states secrets and embarrassing Algeria and the Polisario Front” before the international community.
Earlier this month, King Mohammed VI sent a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres saying that Algeria is militarily and logistically backing the Polisario Front, and that there can be no mutually beneficial political settlement if Algiers does not put an end to its double dealings in the Sahara issue.
The King’s letter said that Algeria “hosts, arms, and brings diplomatic support” to the separatist front.
This was, however, vehemently denied by Algerian diplomacy, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel firmly claiming that his country is not involved in the Sahara question. Mr. Messahel said that Algeria should not be expected to have a part to play in discussions over settlement.
“Algeria is a longtime backer of Polisario,” the New York Times reported yesterday, adding that “a military official in Algiers said that the Polisario members killed in the crash had probably been receiving medical treatment at government hospitals.”