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06ALGIERS342 2006-02-28 15:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Algiers
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THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF SAHRAWI REPUBLIC OBSERVED

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1. According to Algerian press reports confirmed by Embassy
Rabat (reftels), the Polisario peacefully marked February 27
the 30th anniversary of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
(SADR). Unlike May 2005 statements from Polisario leader
Abdelaziz and President Bouteflika, the statements this year
avoided provocative language about the "right to
self-determination and independence."



2. In an interview before the anniversary with
Arabic-language daily newspaper Ech-Chorouk El Youmi that
appeared in print February 27, Polisario Ambassador to
Algeria Beissat praised the U.S. for sending NEA/MAG Director
William Jordan to see the conditions in the Tindouf camps
first-hand following recent floods. While acknowledging the
humanitarian support of several nations and organizations
after the floods, Beissat singled out for praise the $50,000
U.S. contribution to the World Food Program.

ALGERIA SUPPORTS SELF-DETERMINATION


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3. In a written message to Polisario leader Abdelaziz on the
occasion of the SADR's 30th anniversary, President Bouteflika
affirmed that his country would continue to support the
Sahrawi people. "As a country bordering the two parties to
the conflict (Morocco and the Polisario Algeria will continue
to assume its responsibilities" so that a settlement in
accordance with international law can be reached that
protects the right of self-determination for the people of
the Western Sahara. Bouteflika added that this was the "last
problem of its kind on the African continent," a reference to
decolonization.

POLISARIO LEADER MAKES NO MENTION OF INDEPENDENCE


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4. Polisario leader Abdelaziz also notably avoided any
mention of independence in his February 27 speech on the 30th
anniversary, but firmly rejected "the Moroccan autonomy plan"
for the Western Sahara as contrary to the UN Charter and
Security Council resolutions and as a "new maneuver" to
impose a colonial solution. This Moroccan plan, he warned,
would ineluctably lead the region toward a "dangerous
skidding out of control" (derapage). Noting the Polisario's
acceptance of the Baker Plan, he affirmed that the principle
of self-determination for the Sahrawi people was sacred and
declared that "any solution to the conflict of the Western
Sahara must respect the Sahrawis' ... right to
self-determination." He also called on the international
community to encourage Morocco to put an end to the "looting
and sale" of the Sahrawis' natural resources. Abdelaziz paid
tribute to "the Sahrawi resistance in the territories under
Moroccan occupation and to the courageous and historical
position of Algeria and its unfailing support for the
decolonization process, as well as the role of Africa in the
defense of the Sahrawi cause."

ERDMAN