Call For Meeting Of Foreign Affairs And Defense Committee with Makhzen’s Foreign Minister
In the first official Moroccan reaction to the Algerian authorities ’decision to prevent Moroccan farmers from crossing into the Algerian territorial borders in the “Arja” border area, the Makhzen system decided to call an emergency meeting at the level of the House of Representatives (Parliament), in an attempt to absorb the bitter anger of the Moroccan street and political parties, complaining about the deafening silence of the official authorities in Rabat.
The parliamentary group of the ruling Justice and Development Party in the House of Representatives called for a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee of the House of Representatives, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, to discuss the recent developments of what the Makhzen system calls the “lameness” issue.
This border region caused tensions about 50 years ago, which led to a war between the two countries in October 1963 due to the dispute over this area, and was known as the “Sand War”, which ended on February 20, 1964, with the signing of the ceasefire agreement and the definition of a demilitarized zone between the two countries by adjusting the boundaries of each party.
The Moroccan move is considered an attempt to throw ash in the eyes of Moroccan peasants and some disgruntled political parties, led by the Moroccan Socialist Union Party, which blamed the country’s authorities for their silence on this issue, while the agreements concluded between the two countries indicate that the Arja region is purely Algerian and the Moroccan Makhzen has so far kept a total silence about it.
The Moroccan Socialist Union Party said in a statement that the Moroccan government was not clear with the inhabitants of Figuig and Moroccans as a whole regarding the demarcation of the border between Morocco and Algeria, as it remained subject to the political fluctuations between the two countries, accusing his country’s government of “deceiving the inhabitants and farmers of the Figuig oasis and adding to their predicament, because it left them in the lurch. They’ve invested for years in lands that may be taken away from them at any moment, as is the case now”.