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Tebboune: Crimes of colonialism will not be subject to a statute of limitations

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The Algerian president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, considered today, Friday, that the “crimes of French colonialism” in Algeria will not prescribe and asked for a “fair treatment” of the memory file, according to a message published by the presidency. on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Evian Agreements that paved the way for the independence of Algeria.
And the message, which was posted on social media and government media, read: “Omens of victory shone in the skies of Algeria that day, and the Algerian people drew strength and determination from them to face the effects of massive and horrific attacks. destruction… and a terrible comprehensive devastation, which testifies to the heinous crimes of colonialism that will not affect them.” forgotten, and the statute of limitations does not expire.

Tebboune added in his “Victory Day” message that “responsible, fair and impartial treatment of the archive of memory and history in an atmosphere of openness and trust is not inevitable.”

He recalled his country’s demand to “restore the archives, clarify the fate of those who disappeared during the glorious war of liberation and compensate the victims of nuclear tests”, which began in 1960 and lasted until 1966, four years after the Algerian independence.

On March 18, 1962, the French government and the Provisional Government of the Republic of Algeria signed the Evian Agreements (central-eastern region of France), which provided for a ceasefire by mid-morning the following day after more than 7 years. of war.

The agreements also provided for the organization of a self-determination referendum that took place on July 1, 1962, in which Algerians voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence and ending 132 years of French colonialism.
Since President Emmanuel Macron assumed the French presidency, he has taken a number of memory-related initiatives, including commissioning historian Benjamin Stora to produce a report on “purifying memory related to colonialism and the war in Algeria”, which he delivered to the French president. in January 2021.

Among the latest healing initiatives between the two peoples, the French ambassador to Algeria laid a floral offering on Thursday at the site of the murder of the Algerian writer Mouloud Pharaoh along with 5 of his comrades, at the hands of the “Organization of the Secret Army” who rejected the independence of Algeria and included the French.

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