|Military actions have been launched today,
against Iraq. This recourse to the use of force was not duly
authorized by the United Nations Security Council. It is a
recourse to force that does not fulfill the conditions of
legality and legitimacy required by the system of global security
the international community endowed itself with. It represents
a precedent of an exceptional gravity for international relations.
This serious development goes against the
peaceful settlement of this crisis called for by the African
Union, the European Union, the Africa-France Summit, the
Non-Aligned Movement, the League of Arab States, and the
Organization of the Islamic Conference. These organizations,
which have also put their political authority as well as
moral at the service of international inspections to be
pursued, given the increasing cooperation of Iraq, have
all insisted on the imperative necessity for all parties
to comply with international legality and to respect the
United Nations framework.
Launching armed hostilities against Iraq
is taking the shape of a war which aims obviously go beyond
Resolution 1441 of the UN Security Council.
Algeria, which invested itself in a sustained
action in order to promote a peaceful solution compliant
with international legality, deplores the interruption of
diplomatic efforts and the launching of military strikes
against Iraq. Algeria calls for the immediate cessation
of war actions and the resumption of conflicts settlement
through peaceful means.
In this situation, perilous for Iraq and
dangerous for the region as a whole, Algeria reaffirms the
demand for the strict respect of independence, sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the Iraqi Republic, and assures
the brotherly Iraqi people of its natural solidarity in
this terrible ordeal inflicted on them.