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Algeria celebrates the 62nd Anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution

Pretoria, 3 November 2016

Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria hosted a reception to celebrate the 62nd Anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution.

Ambassador Belaid said, "the Algerian revolution is, in the long course of history, resolutely enshrined in the affirmation of the values and principles that consecrate the right of peoples to self determination.
After more than one century of colonial domination and seven decades of popular armed resistance followed by vain attempts to reform the colonial order by peaceful means, a group of young Algerians decided to launch, in the evening of 31 October to 1st November 1954, the armed struggle against the colonizer to regain the despoiled rights of their people and restore the Algerian State."

Speaking about Algeria - South Africa relations Ambassador Belaid said, "The dynamics of the struggles of our two peoples, who had the same encounter with history, are today reflected in the values of humanism, mutual tolerance, coexistence between civilizations and cultures as well as a shared international security, stability and universal progress. These dynamics have been embodied by the Emir Abdelkader who pioneered the concept of human rights since the first half of the 19th century. The Emir Abdelkader announced, since his time, the mandatory and urgent requirement of respect for others irrespective of the color of their skin, their religion or their civilization background. The same dynamics were defended and promoted by the icon Madiba who, besides honoring mankind, is a beacon illuminating human conscience and dignity.

Remarks by Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria at the National Day reception

Excellency Adv. Ngoako RAMATLHODI,
Minister of Public Service and Administration,
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Dear fellow citizens,

Allow me first to welcome you to this celebration of the National Day of Algeria which corresponds to the 62nd anniversary of the launch of the Revolution of the First November 1954.

While thanking you warmly for your presence, I would like to recall the importance that the date of the First November 1954 represents not only for the Algerian people but also for all African peoples and other peoples struggling for their freedom and dignity.

What is more, the Algerian revolution is, in the long course of history, resolutely enshrined in the affirmation of the values and principles that consecrate the right of peoples to self determination.

After more than one century of colonial domination and seven decades of popular armed resistance followed by vain attempts to reform the colonial order by peaceful means, a group of young Algerians decided to launch, in the evening of 31 October to 1st November 1954, the armed struggle against the colonizer to regain the despoiled rights of their people and restore the Algerian State.

Through a liberating fight of more than seven years at the cost of immense sacrifices of blood that everyone knows and which resulted in a record high number of martyrs representing one sixth of the population, the Algerian people not only undertook to confront an egregious colonial violence but also succeeded in recovering its independence on 5 July 1962.

You will have seen that my country set its National Day not with respect to its independence day but to the outbreak of its revolution for freedom. The reason is that the glorification of the memory of one million and half of martyrs, as well as the commitment to the values of the Revolution of November, are not only a landmark in the collective memory forged by a culture of resistance inherited from Kings Massinissa and Jugurtha, but are also the cornerstone of the Algerian modern State.

When the leadership of ANC decided to interact with the Algerian liberation struggle and the late Nelson Mandela visited the National Liberation Army (NLA) in the beginning of the year 1962, a moral pact was sealed to free all Africa from the yoke of colonialism and racial domination. A firm commitment was taken by the leaders of the NLA and the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic that all means will be put at the disposal of the brotherly South African people in its quest for freedom and justice. I am proud to say that at no moment has Algeria ever reneged on this historic pledge.

For, our country accomplished itself by fulfilling its duty towards the African peoples and the other peoples fighting for their liberation.

The symbiosis between the dynamics of interafrican solidarity illustrated by the one between Algeria and South Africa has been salutary to Africa. It continues to be a strong benchmark for the march of our continent in its assertion on the global scene.

In this vein, the struggles of the Algerian and South African peoples express today their principles through an active panafricanism founded on the imperatives of total liberation of the continent and the respect of the African decision including the affirmation of African solutions to African problems that the African Union is advocating with responsibility and determination.

The dynamics of the struggles of our two peoples, who had the same encounter with history, are today reflected in the values of humanism, mutual tolerance, coexistence between civilizations and cultures as well as a shared international security, stability and universal progress. These dynamics have been embodied by the Emir Abdelkader who pioneered the concept of human rights since the first half of the 19th century. The Emir Abdelkader announced, since his time, the mandatory and urgent requirement of respect for others irrespective of the color of their skin, their religion or their civilization background. The same dynamics were defended and promoted by the icon Madiba who, besides honoring mankind, is a beacon illuminating human conscience and dignity. Referring to the historic work of the late Nelson Mandela, I must add, and this is not sufficiently known, that even the objective of reconciliation which marked the advent of freedom and democracy in South Africa had been also pursued by the Algerian National Liberation Front for several years.

Honorable Minister,
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,

What is more natural for two countries that share so much history and values including an unwavering commitment to panafricanism to develop today excellent and exemplary political relations?

The permanent political dialogue between Algeria and South Africa is unfolding in the two countries interests and the strategic interests of Africa from Algiers to Cape Town.

Our two countries are also working to further reinforce these strong political links through an economic partnership which takes advantage of all complementarities of our two economies and contributes to the development and integration of Africa (and I would like to welcome, in this respect, the presence among us of a technical delegation coming from Algiers). These efforts, which concern all activities fields, will bear fruit in a near future. In this regard, the upcoming African Investments and Business Forum, which will take place in Algiers from 3 to 5 December 2016, will be an occasion to attain the objective that Algeria set itself to further deepen its relations with South Africa. The new economic reform put in place by the Algerian government and the dynamism of the Algerian groups and companies which currently fully recovered from the consequences of the blind terrorism of the 1990’s, open new horizons to the Algerian South African economic partnership.

Thanking you for your kind attention, I invite you to raise a toast for the friendship between Algeria and South Africa and the health of their Excellencies Presidents Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA and Jacob ZUMA.

Embassy of Algeria in Pretoria, South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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