Algeria's ambassador to EU rejects MEP's "baseless" assertion

Brussels, July 4, 2016 (SPS) - Ambassador of Algeria to Brussels Amar Bellani rejected the "baseless" assertion of an MEP, according to which the conflict in Western Sahara has become a "political internal matter" for Algeria, recalling that the European Union supports a solution enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination."

"First off, I would like to reject, with utmost vigor, your baseless assertion, in which you stated that the Western Sahara issue has become an internal matter," Head of mission within the European Union (EU) Amar Bellani wrote Monday in a letter to MEP Gilles Pargnaux.

"Algeria, as neighboring country, recognized as such by the UN Security Council, follows with concern the current deadlock and we know, like you do, that the party which rejects resumption of direct negotiations, despite commitments, part of talks held under the aegis of the UN, and thus carries full responsibility of this deplorable situation."

Bellani also recalled that the EU, through several statements made by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Moghereni, "always underscores the need to find a solution that enables self-determination of the Sahrawi people." (SPS)