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Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria

Washington/Morocco News Board-Morocco, a key US ally in the Arab and Muslim worlds, is reviewing “certain” aspects of its relationship with Washington.  If the exchange of letters between King Mohamed VI and President Obama and their subsequent phone conversations have effectively put the recent Moroccan-American diplomatic misunderstanding over the Western Sahara behind, Moroccan officials are sober in their assessment of this incident. 

While the two head of states exchanged invitations for State visits, diplomats from both nations must intensify their contacts to “contain” the on-going political and security crisis in North Africa and the Sahel. Neither the European Union nor Washington can afford an open conflict between Algeria and Morocco.

If observers did not know what to make of the US mission to the United Nations (UN)  decision to adopt what Rabat considers as a pro-Algeria stand  on the Western Sahara dossier, the Moroccan public  views the American attitude as a diplomatic wake call and is demanding a more robust foreign policy posture toward Algeria.

Experts intimate with the lobbying world of Washington and familiar  with the business opportunities in Algeria believe that a “new type “of pro-Algerian lobby was active and involved in pushing for this new American “proposal”. These experts assumptions are based on their knowledge of the financial attractiveness of the Algerian market.

 In one hand, American businesses are envious of the Chinese monopoly over the lucrative infrastructure projects in Algeria. The Algerian Military establishment, which controls the contract awarding process within the “Algerian System”, uses its power to reward friendly government with billion dollar contracts. Some American companies want a piece of the Algerian pie and are ready to do what it takes to please their future partners in Algiers.

On the other hand, America’s long time friends in Morocco are outraged to see business interests take over mutual trust and solid intelligence and military cooperation as bases in shaping US policy in North Africa.  For people familiar with the “no so public” history of American-Moroccan relations feel betrayed and saddened with this turn of events.

Most independent experts on North African affairs view the Western Sahara conflict is an Algerian- Moroccan border dispute rather than a case of “decolonisation”. As such Morocco, well aware of Algeria’s known role in arming and hosting the Polisario,  an enemy militia, has discarded the notion of “war’’ as a way to settle the conflict  and has endorsed the UN peaceful efforts to end this “human tragedy”. However, recent domestic political events in Morocco may force a change to this docile approach.

Controversial comments made by the populist leader of Al-Istiqlal conservative Party calling for the return of the Algeria controlled Eastern Sahara to Morocco was widely applauded by the Moroccan public. For its part, the pro-government pres in Algeria deemed Mr. Shabatt calls for the “liberation” of Tindouf as a declaration of war. Furthermore, recent news story on the capture of Algeria trained separatist saboteurs in the Moroccan Sahara is fueling nationalistic fevers on both sides.

It is time for the international community to face the consequences of Algeria’s role in prolonging the Sahara conflict and keeping the specter of war ever-present in North Africa. Morocco cannot afford to be the lone party playing by the rules in a region full of conspiracies. Algerian apologists in Washington, Paris and Madrid should bear the responsibility of the degradation of relations between Rabat and Algeria.  One fact remains clear, however, no one can afford a new armed conflict in the region.

 

 

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All My Loving
-5 #1 Are you readyAll My Loving 2013-05-15 04:26
Mr Massiky don't, as the Koran puts it, cloth truth with falsehood, you can only trick yourself and those who are ready to swallow anything as long as it is against Algeria.

Ponder over the weaknesses of your country for its own sake, God only knows which concessions Morocco made to avoid the human rights monitoring in WS.

This proves to the whole world Morocco's failures and its extreme excitement over western support. Only a naive nation can trust a devil.

Western Sahara, Polisario, you need to focus more on them, don't underestimate them, at any time they can deal a mortal blow to Morocco. Algeria will not fail its promises and values.


Alternatively, show to the world that you can treat kindly native people in WS, this will be the real test for you.

Or the third way, it is my favorite, we invite Morocco to come back to the values of Islam: give the WS people a chance to decide for themselves and open thus an opportunity for Maghreban integration, there will be only one nation, from Rabat to Benghazi, and from Algiers to Nwakchot.

Algeria, the key player, will put all its power and potential to achieve that goal. There is a price for it, stop being slaves to the West and Israel. We need to indulge in win-win relationships with the West and no relationships with Israel as long as the Palestinians are prevented from their rights.

Are you ready?
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Weld Leblad
+3 #2 NATOWeld Leblad 2013-05-15 06:56
Morocco should formally ask to join NATO. Full stop. Nothing less than full membership will satisfy us.

We cooperate with NATO on many levels. Time to formalize the partnership.

Forget about the Non-Alligned Movement. It is a waste of space. Who wants to carry on with this back-stabbing lot when one can join the almighty NATO?

M6 time to make the move and let the Algerian military junta rot in hell.
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Morocco101
+7 #3 Love but no submissionMorocco101 2013-05-15 09:36
I don't understand why Algerian can think that they hve the right to support Polisario,use thier newpaper and TV to attack Morocco then when Hassan Masiky write the truth he is a bad man???

Go read the venum Algerian press is wrting bout Morocco before you make comments about Massiki.
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abdellatifalamr
+4 #4 freeabdellatifalamr 2013-05-15 10:45
I support the project to get Tindouf and part of sahara from algeria. We are in Laayoun and gouira .. and we will remain forever. Allah Bless Morocco.
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Morcelli
+1 #5 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Morcelli 2013-05-15 11:33
Let's go to the facts:

Morocco have their hands tight and basically run out of options/ideas to bring Algeria to the negotiation table.

Algeria is not interested in any peace with Morocco for as long as Morocco reign its Sahara.

Algeria does not see any benefit from opening the borders, their interior minister said the borders will be open soon and 2 weeks later Medelci their foreign minister said in Rabat opening the borders " n'est pas a' l'ordre du jour"

Algeria is even more adamant to discard the Maghreb Arab Union especially that now Tunisia is on the brink of becoming a jihadist state, Libya is run by terror groups, and Morocco is simply does not have much to offer other than luxurious hotels or at least that's how the Algerians see it.

The majority of Algerians are fed by their leaders that Morocco is the devil, they are at peace with Israel, they have good relationship with France, France that they love to hate, France where their sick president and generals get health care when the regular Algerian citizen die from their illness, and to top it all that dumb Chabat the head of the Moroccan Istiqlal party is now claiming Tindouf and Bechar, a gift to the generals to prove their point.

M6 should have come out and say "The Moroccan government and the monarchy have no claim on those Algerian cities" yes they are Algerian and if you do not like it, then blame Hassan II.

With all this being said, how do we get out of this mess?

There is only ONE solution. DEMOCRA CY NOW!

For as long as we live in mini authoritarian regime that does not respect the rule of law, the sahraouis will never ever chose to join Morocco and I frankly do not blame them.

We are spending too much money from restoring Jewish synagogues from Fez to cape verde to kissing up to Malawi and guinea Bissau, resources that we could use to build solid judicial system not only the Saharan provinces but also in the entire country of Morocco.

Apparently, they are many working for the monarchy who are against people's freedom, because they know that they will be the first ones to be brought to justice.
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Chasli
-1 #6 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Chasli 2013-05-15 11:34
Masiki’s last paragraph strikes me as totally delusional. He writes, “Morocco cannot afford to be the lone party playing by the rules in a region full of conspiracies.” It is truly difficult to figure out what rules he is referring to. Certainly, on the Western Sahara it is Algeria and not Morocco that is playing by the rules of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the world community. Morocco refuses to follow the rules of the Western Sahara’s UN status as a non-self-govern ing territory; Morocco refuses to play by the rules of the ICJ, which said that Morocco has NO sovereignty over the Western Sahara; and Morocco refuses to play by the rules of the world community, with not one country in the world officially recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the territory. It is Algeria, not Morocco, that seems to be playing by the above rules. Of course, Masiki would answer that the rules he is talking about are the rules of “territory integrity.” Unfortunately for Masiki, I repeat that outside of Morocco there just aren’t any rules anywhere that say that the Western Sahara is part of Morocco.
And a note on Masiki’s conclusion that : “One fact remains clear, however, no one can afford a new armed conflict in the region.” The patience of the Polisario and the Western Sahara, after more than twenty years of peaceful attempts to get a UN-mandated referendum per the 1991 cease fire agreement, is running thin. I remind you that following the “rules” of the Rabat-Polisario agreements in 1988, 1991, and 1997, the UN finished selection of the referendum electorate in 1999. It was Morocco that broke those rules by refusing to hold the referendum on independence that they had agreed to. Anyway, I agree with Masiki that “no one can afford a new armed conflict in the region.” But I am totally convinced that if Morocco continues to ignore all the “rules” regarding the WS much longer, it is inevitable that a new armed conflict of some kind is exactly what we’re going to get. Whether Masiki likes it or not, Morocco’s refusal to follow the rules in the area is going to have catastrophic results. I wish it weren’t so.
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riffi
+6 #7 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria riffi 2013-05-15 11:50
Quoting All My Loving:
Mr Massiky don't, as the Koran puts it, cloth truth with falsehood, you can only trick yourself and those who are ready to swallow anything as long as it is against Algeria.

Ponder over the weaknesses of your country for its own sake, God only knows which concessions Morocco made to avoid the human rights monitoring in WS.

This proves to the whole world Morocco's failures and its extreme excitement over western support. Only a naive nation can trust a devil.

Western Sahara, Polisario, you need to focus more on them, don't underestimate them, at any time they can deal a mortal blow to Morocco. Algeria will not fail its promises and values.


Alternatively, show to the world that you can treat kindly native people in WS, this will be the real test for you.

Or the third way, it is my favorite, we invite Morocco to come back to the values of Islam: give the WS people a chance to decide for themselves and open thus an opportunity for Maghreban integration, there will be only one nation, from Rabat to Benghazi, and from Algiers to Nwakchot.

Algeria, the key player, will put all its power and potential to achieve that goal. There is a price for it, stop being slaves to the West and Israel. We need to indulge in win-win relationships with the West and no relationships with Israel as long as the Palestinians are prevented from their rights.

Are you ready?


agree with you, in that note you should give back to morocco the eastern sahara,the Aures to the kabyle the sahara part to the touareg,to the azwad and azbat.Because algeria never existed as a nation until the french added the IE to the name of your capitale Alger to become a province of France,and please don't come here with your muslim hypocrisy like all others beardoes wave for their own interest.Please come here straight with ideas backed up with historical fact and not religious recipies.
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Morcelli
+9 #8 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Morcelli 2013-05-15 12:55
More facts,
Algeria knows that Morocco will never give up an inch of the Sahara and of course this plays for its benefits to keep the masses weary of Morocco.

Algeria knows that after 40 years of trying to defeat Morocco have not worked and they cannot go back to their people with their tail behind their legs admitting another defeat.

Algeria is not thinking long term, they are short sighted and hope that relying 93% on their oil will buy them time and will forge ahead ignoring that no country will do business with them that will benefit Algeria the most.

I do not see the next generation of Algerian leaders will be any different, I cannot think of any Algerian who thinks outside the usual garbage, UN, ICJ even though they know that the problem is between us and them.

Unfortunately Morocco is not being aggressive, Moroccan leaders are always being diplomatic and try hard not to piss off the Algerians, today we have Benkirane meeting Medelci, For What?
It is mentioned on MAP.ma but not on APS.dz. and I just checked MAP now and apparently they removed the post indicating the meeting between Benkirane and Medelci because APS have not mentioned it.

It's a war out there my friends. Trust me, unfortunately Morocco is doing a mediocre job falling the Algerian bait.
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Bombino
-9 #9 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Bombino 2013-05-15 15:51
The Sahrawis have a most reasonable claim. They don't want to be subjected to the Alaoui dynasty and the mahkzen any longer.

I, for one, can't blame them for that.
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haras
+7 #10 to Bambino and other All my Hatingharas 2013-05-15 21:02
This is not about the Alaouite dynasty, and by the way, what's the alternative? been subjected to the puppet in the hands (I'm been nice) of Algerian DAF (as in deserteurs de l'armee francaise) Generals...

By the way, that was their claim in the 70s, when the Abdelaaziz and Co used to blame Hassan II for been a US ally, funny how things turn around, and their foot soldiers in Laayoune are now waving the American flag...

Allah Yan3al li mayhchem...

as for All my loving, you were about to quote the Quran, then you didn't, I guess you saw that the verse you refer to "قوله تعالى يخادعون الله والذين آمنوا وما يخدعون إلا أنفسهم وما يشعرون" describes what you Algerians are doing...

As for setting the price, let's put it this way, the people of Algeria had no say on whether Boudiaf lived or died, so stop talking about politics, as for treating the Sahara people kindly, let's say it was a joke, and have a laugh at it... with the usual allah yan3al li mayhchem...

It's good to give us advice to not trust the West while your country is buying their support with your people's money ... only to get played at the last minute, you should learn from the switcheroo Spain played on you...

By the way, why are you the first to comment, and why are you here anyway, shouldn't you be blogging on some Algerian crappy website?
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Chtaini
+3 #11 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Chtaini 2013-05-15 23:07
Si Hassan, everyone in the world who knows a little bid or a lot about politics knows that the Western Sahara is an Algerian-Morocc an border dispute, however a large majority of the countries of the world who have been colonized and gained their “Independence” and who have been bought by the Algerian Government to support the Polisario should be made aware of Morocco’s continued decolonization process as is the case of the occupation of Sebta and Mellilia. Those most experts on North Africa know this condition Morocco is going through with its neighbour, Algeria. Their expertise is useless if they do not come forward and settle the border “conflictual” issue between Morocco and Algeria. You must know that experts need to be paid to provide their support to one side or the other on this conflict and some time the support is given to the highest bidder regardless of the historical or moral tenets and justification of one’s position in the conflict.
There is no doubt that Algeria has business opportunities to offer. American business is always driven by interest and profit. Algeria at the detriment of sustainable economic development integration with Morocco is looking the other way. It is stupid to overlook the flagrant socio-economic complementarily between Morocco and Algeria. Even Ray Charles could see that. The Algerian Generals have got to use their common sense and stop being myopic about what Morocco wants out of this conflict. It is not very hard to see. Morocco wants to solidify its territorial integrity, liberate its two enclaves on the Mediterranean coast, and establish a viable and enduring democratic constitutional Monarchy, respect for human right and of the freedom it entails and respect of the environment. Through accelerated sustained economic development Morocco will be able to improve the Moroccan people socio-economic conditions.
Those of us who know the Moroccan people and Morocco know that both people and country endured for 13 centuries and that the future is promising. Ask 100 hundred Moroccans to give their opinion about an issue and you will get 100 different answers. Ask 100 Moroccan about the Western Sahara issue and you will get 100 answers that are the same. This is why I love Morocco and the Moroccan people: freedom of opinion is rampant but patriotism is sublime.
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Brahim I
+2 #12 Just a thought not a sermonBrahim I 2013-05-16 01:20
I just want to let my Algerian brothers know that they are so lucky to have Morocco as a neighbor. Algeria fed and armed Polisario rebels with a mission to kill Moroccans or take them as POW (two thousand, some for 20 years!)on its land and yet Morocco never crossed the borders to rescue them in fear of having a full blown war with Algeria.
About 10 thousand Moroccans died for the Sahara. At the time when the war came to an end, the Algerian civil war started and ended 10 years later with more than 200 thousand killed.
Only Allah knows if it was a punishment for what their government did to Moroccans.
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Weld Leblad
+2 #13 ReWeld Leblad 2013-05-16 07:19
Don't expect a flipping thingy from our next door neighbour until a semblance of democracy reaches them.

They import stones.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VG_XS53sZO0[/youtube]

Watch this analysis about the psyche of Bouteflika as regards Morocco and its monarchy.

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Morcelli
+3 #14 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Morcelli 2013-05-16 12:23
You people need to stop living in denial. The majority of Algerians -not all- reserve a tons of hate for Moroccans. We are not talking about the generals or Bouteflika, we are talking about the everyday citizen.

You need to understand that 40 years of Algerian propaganda on their people had a toll on the Algerian citizen, most Algerians do not care about the Sahara or the polisario and Algeria "officially" has no claim either but one of the thing Algerians hate about Moroccans is their perception that we are very pro Israel and that the king is a puppet of Israel. Algerian also cannot digest that Hassan II imposed a visa on them after the Marrakesh terrorist attack 20 years ago.

Lastly the 10 years Algerians spent killing each other was devastating, Algerians used to be open minded, intelligent and frankly ahead of Morocco on many levels due to decades of colonization/ad ministration by the French.

Bouteflika is considered a hero in many Algerian minds, He is very intelligent little puppet and was able to make him himself last within bunch of butchers. He uses Algerians sympathy for him to his advantage and honestly he prevented Algeria from turning into another Afghanistan. De we really need an Afghanistan next door? He does know that he actually helped Morocco by offering Amnesty to the terrorists.

Unfortunately for those Algerian haters, bouteflika is entering his Last Hurrah, He seems to be going straight to hell, I'll keep my fingers crossed, and please don't tell me that i should not wish him death when he held 1000s of Moroccans in torture chambers in Tindouf.
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S Hass
+5 #15 To all TzairiaS Hass 2013-05-16 14:36
America & Co just realized that there is no one in Morocco who can sign away the Sahara even the King himself can not. The Sahara belongs to every Moroccan tax payer and the hand that dire to do so will be cut , period.
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Londonner
-6 #16 Can you dig itLondonner 2013-05-17 15:12
The two countries have a political system that is not fit for purpose. WE the people of Morocco and Algeria arabs, Berber, Kabyle and sahraoui are looking forward to some real change. If we had real democracies, we could have had better leaders, better economies and more dignified lives, but pro regimes either in Morocco or Algeria would never let that happen. I have algerian friends who cant wait wait for the Junta in Algiers to leave, as well as Moroccans who cant wait for a regime change in Morocco.
the people have enough and so has America.
We want just value for money and both systems are not delivering.
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Morcelli
+10 #17 RE: Morocco New Diplomatic Postures Unnerve Algeria Morcelli 2013-05-17 17:03
Even though both governments are not up to par, I am personally glad that I Moroccan,

Moroccans are forgiving, hospitable, and simply nice people, We don't hold grudges for 40-50 year, we move on. We get upset today and the next day as if nothing had happened. We fight and argue today and next day we are even better friends.
Algerians cannot claim this tenderheartedne ss, their heart is hateful, their attitude is even more hateful. You do not need to look further, look at the Algerians who visit this board, other than one or two of them, everyone else is the devil.

I have never seen or met people with the magnitude of their hate. Bouteflika woke up from the dead the other day to tell us that he will support the Polisrio no matter what.
Do yourself a favor, don't ever think that we are brothers or sisters as some of you like to claim.

Will you get the hate from your brother and sister that the Algerians reserve for you?

We Moroccans have more in commons with Israelis than with the devil next door.

I feel that we in Morocco have done a lot to have a friendly relationship with the Algerians and as you all know, that makes them feel that we are begging them to be our friends and in way our government is doing just that.
The King need to stop this BS, the stupid congratulatory letters, that's all based on lies and deception.

Let me just repeat, I am just glad I was born in the great city of Casablanca even though in the past i have been accused of being Algerian for speaking my mind about our own government.
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All My Loving!
-2 #18 Tout et son contraireAll My Loving! 2013-05-18 07:38
How can someone, with a healthy mind, pretend that Moroccans are nice and Algerians are hateful when in the same posts he admits the hateful and denial spirit of his country follows? All Moroccans know that Morcelli is a Moroccan but when he writes unpleasant comments he is being accused of being Algeria. This is called in psychology an association and this proeves fully who is a hateful people. But I will not go as far as accusing all Moroccans as having the same disposition, à Dieu ne plaise.

Anyway there is though some truth in your post, probably one the main reasons why Algerians consider some Moroccans as hyporcrits: your relationship with Israel.
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haras
+5 #19 to All my lovingharas 2013-05-18 17:53
I think we went through this before...

Show us what you did for the Palestinians and how you punished the Israelis (and continue to do so) for what they do and what they did to the Palestinians..
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Morocco101
+3 #20 israel was there for MoroccoMorocco101 2013-05-18 21:42
Israel was there for Morocco when the Algerians with help from Cuaba and crazy kaddafi was killing Moroccan soldiers in the Sahara. So We are proud of our relations with Isreal.
Agree with Haras what did the Algerian generals did to help Palestinians and fight !! ZIP but big talk and propaganda to fool the poor Algerian people.
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