Algerian army will never engage in conflicts in which it has no relation and the fear of the proposal to send the armed forces outside the border reflects the depth of the emotional relationship between the army and its people, Algeria’s military institution said.
The military institution provided clarifications regarding the “wide controversy” caused by the draft constitutional amendment, by lifting the ban on the participation of army units in military missions outside the country, for the first time since independence, where a high-ranking military officer said in statements to Algerian TV, on Monday that there is the possibility of the army carrying out missions outside the border.
“The fear of the proposal to send the army outside the border reflects the depth of the emotional relationship between the army and its people”, the spokesman added, “this fear carries messages to Algeria’s enemies who are trying to prejudice the strong bond between the army and its people”.
The representative of the Defence Ministry warned that the army “will not neglect the principles and values of the glorious November revolution, the principles that made the pride of Algeria in the countries and peoples”.
“The People’s National Army will remain the protector of the country and the people. The army will never engage in conflicts that are do not concern it. The army will only act in the service of the people and the supreme interests of the homeland”.
For your information, amendments have been made to Article 29 of the current constitution, which prohibits the army from engaging in any operations outside the borders, and the current article states: “Algeria refrains from resorting to war because of the violation of the legitimate sovereignty and freedom of other peoples, and makes its effort to settle international disputes by peaceful means”.
In the constitutional amendment, the following paragraph was added: “Algeria within the framework of the United Nations, the African Union, and the Arab League, and in full compliance with its principles and objectives, can participate in peacekeeping operations abroad”.
This phrase was also added to article 95 regarding the powers of the President : “The President of the Republic decides to send Units of the army abroad, after approval by Parliament, by a two-thirds majority of its members”.
With the variation in readings regarding the issue of the army’s participation in operations outside the border, experts in the security issue agreed that the constitutional license proposal for the army and the lifting of the ban on its participation in military missions outside the national borders is realized for the first time in its history, and this is imposed by the current regional conditions, which is a deliberate step to adapt to Emergency developments and international changes, while others see that the draft constitution added a new restriction to the issue of sending the army outside the borders, as this requires the approval of Parliament.
Despite the constitutional impediment to the army’s participation in external operations, this happened in exceptional situations, as it participated in the wars of 1967 and 1973 with the Arab armies against the Zionist occupation during the rule of former President Houari Boumediene.
It also participated in the deployment of the African Union forces in Somalia and contributed to the international peacekeeping mission in Cambodia and the process of evacuating the Algerian diplomats in Libya in 2014, after trying to target the headquarters of the Algerian embassy in the capital, Tripoli.