Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian personalities from all sides have expressed their “great concern at the current escalation in relations between Morocco and Algeria” and call for appeasement.
Writing signed by 149 personalities denounces “the current situation which would lead to an unnatural confrontation”, in view of “the deep history”, uniting the two countries whose relations continue to deteriorate, and having for last episode the rupture diplomatic relations unilaterally decided by Algiers.
“We call on all people and organizations of good will in both countries, and beyond the Maghreb, to act so that an end is quickly put to the escalation and for the return to reason,” write the signatories among which we find the Moroccan economist Azedine Akesbi, the publicist Noureddine Ayouch, Bachir Ben Barka, the Algerian activist Abdelouahab Fersaoui, the Algerian economist Omar Benderra or the Tunisian actress Anissa Daoud.
The signatories understand that “many contentious cases are pending between the two states”, but stress that the resolution involves “listening, seeking agreement, creativity in the development of solutions and their implementation and not in the appeal to the basic instincts of aggressiveness of populations white-hot against each other ”.
In this sense, the signatories undertake “to work collectively, Algerians, Moroccans, Maghrebis and friends of our peoples to counter escalation, to face calls for confrontation and to hatred to better consolidate the pillars of fraternity and cooperation and help build the future ”.
As a reminder, Algeria, through the voice of its Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra, announced on Tuesday August 24 the severance of relations with Morocco.
Algeria would criticize the kingdom in particular for the support given by Morocco’s representative to the UN Omar Hilale for the self-determination of Kabylia as well as the rapprochement of the kingdom and Israel, in addition to the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.
Morocco took note of the unilateral decision of the Algerian authorities and regrets this decision “completely unjustified but expected in view of the logic of escalation observed in recent weeks”, indicated a communicated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad.