The Algerian government has denounced the “extreme gravity of state terrorism” in Morocco before the United Nations and other international organizations after three Algerian truck drivers were killed in a Rabat bombing amid mounting tensions between the two countries.
The Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra has sent these letters of resignation to the UN Secretary General António Guterres; the President of the African Union Commission (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat; the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit; and the Secretary General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OCI), Yusef ben Ahmed al Ozaimín.
In it he stressed that the incident “cannot be justified by any circumstance” and added that “the use of sophisticated and lethal weapons by the occupying state to prevent the free movement of commercial vehicles in a territorial area in which it does not have rights is an act the flight forward, which poses immediate risks to security and stability in Western Sahara and across the region.
He also highlighted “the willingness and ability of Algeria to use its skills to protect its citizens and their property in all circumstances,” the Algerian state news agency APS reported.
The Algerian authorities on Wednesday accused Morocco of killing three truck drivers in a “barbaric bombardment” in the Western Sahara region between the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott and the Algerian city of Uargla, and warned that the “murder” would not go ” with impunity.
For his part, the Moroccan government spokesman Mustafa Baitas told the Moroccan news portal Le360 on Thursday that the authorities maintain a foreign policy of “good neighborliness with everyone”.
Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco in August, citing a number of circumstances, citing no progress in settling the dispute over Western Sahara, in which Algiers is an ally of the Polisario Front. Morocco called the decision “unjustified” and “categorically” rejected the “erroneous, even absurd pretext” behind Algeria’s decision.
On the other hand, the Algerian Presidency decided on November 1st not to renew the contract for the use of the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline, which transports natural gas via Morocco to Spain, after the collapse of relations.
Tensions are framed in the context of the conflict in Western Sahara following the break in the 1991 ceasefire in November after the military invaded the Guerguerat area near the Mauritanian border to evict a group of Sahrawi activists.
The former Spanish colony of Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 despite resistance from the Polisario Front. The 1991 ceasefire was signed with a view to holding a self-determination referendum, but differences over the preparation of the census and the involvement of Moroccan settlers have so far prevented its convocation.