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Tensions between Morocco and Algeria over Western Sahara

Africa Security News.- Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

Africa Security News.- Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

One month ago, and in a speech read out in name of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Western Sahara, at a meeting in Abuja, he said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever”.

 

Rabat in protest recalled its ambassador to Algiers.

 

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI also reacted angrily to the comments, saying his country would not be lectured to, “particularly by those who systematically trample on human rights”, he said, in a clear allusion to algerian Bouteflika.

 

Algiers has not responded to the comment, and on Sunday, government officer Ramtane Lamamra said: “In diplomacy, silence can be very eloquent.”

 

The spat was the latest between the North African neighbors whose decades-old rivalry centers on the disputed territory, annexed by Morocco in 1975 in a move never recognized by the international community.