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US News South Africa: When Abdelaziz Bouteflika fought apartheid at the UN

14:50  19 september  2021
14:50  19 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika lorsqu'il était ministre des Affaires étrangères en 1973 (Image d'illustration). © AFP Abdelaziz Bouteflika when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1973 (image of illustration).

In South Africa, the reactions were very rare after the death of the former Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences and recalls the links between the two countries in a statement. Abdelaziz Bouteflika had heard his voice against the segregationist regime of apartheid and carried the fight before the United Nations.

with our correspondent in Johannesburg, Claire Bargeles

in 1974, then President of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdelaziz Bouteflika manages to exclude representatives of the apartheid regime, as Adib Bencherif, professor in political science At the Université de Sherbrooke:

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"In fact there have been some measures that have been taken in the past. The problem: it was only symbolic. With the arrival of Bouteflika as President of the General Assembly, it happens to play in some way in the course of the case law and to bring out the deposit of the apartheid of the United Nations General Assembly.


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This act is the time when Abdelaziz Bouteflika wore the Word of non-aligned countries.

Relationships that no longer have the same intensity

after the fall of apartheid, cordial relations will persist between Pretoria and Algiers, including the concerted creation of the new partnership for the development of Africa (NEPAD). But these links could now be distressed according to Adib Bencherif:

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"The classic line of South Africa in terms of foreign policy has still remained within the African Union; It can be seen that on several decisions, both countries align. There is somehow a legacy of these years. But after, interpersonal relationships no longer have the intensity of the fighting of the first hour. We were in the generation of those who made independence, so yes, a page turns.

No figure of the ANC has also reacted as a result of the disappearance of the former Algerian chief of state, whose image, over his presidency, has deteriorated sharply.

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