13 January 2016

Libya: Colloquium On Peace Initiatives in Mali-Libya - Algeria's 'Positive Neutrality' Praised

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A Libyan rebel fighter on the steps of a bombed out building in Ajdabiya (file photo).

Algiers — All researchers, experts and academics who participated Tuesday in Algiers in the Colloquium on "Mali-Libya, peace and crisis resolution initiatives: what prospects for regional stability" welcomed Algeria's "positively neutral" position, based on political dialogue, security coordination, and sustainable development.

During the colloquium, which ended in the evening, organized by the Military Institute for Evaluation and Prospective Documentation (IMPED), experts in international relations spoke to evaluate and study the relevance of the various initiatives of peace and crises resolution, through peaceful and lasting solutions to the crises in Mali and Libya.

In this regard, professor in international relations in Algiers University 3, Dr Abdelouahab Benkhelif focused on Algeria's approach in the resolution of the crises "in its regional environment," privileging the "positive neutrality," the "political solution rather than military", the "territorial integrity of the countries," and the "security coordination."

Professor Mustapha Benabdelaziz, expert in development and international economic policy underlined, as for him, that "the political stability of any country is closely related its conception of development".

Academic Mustapha Benchenane has outlined the "disastrous" consequences of the military interventions in some countries like Libya and Mali.

For the speaker, these interventions are "totally far from the cherished goals, plunging the countries in chaotic situation, which benefits the arm traffickers and reinforces the terrorist groups which destabilize the entire region and reach Europe."

Algeria's approach in the settlement of conflicts has been highlighted during the Colloquium. In fact, Major General Zerrad Cherif, Chief of Department Employment-Preparation at National Popular Army said that the "Algerian approach which is based on dialogue between the different parties, is the appropriate solution to settle the conflicts."

According to the Major General, terrorism "doesn't not recognize the geo-political borders and the deterioration of the situation in Libya and in Mali represents an obstacle for the development and the security in the whole region and Algeria in particular."

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