how the Algerian News Agency distorted the words of the Irish MFA

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney reiterated his country’s position on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, pleading for a political settlement within the framework of the UN process.

Responding to the question of a deputy from his country on relations with Morocco, whose notable advances in recent years have tormented the heated spirits of enemies of territorial integrity, especially after the announcement of the forthcoming opening of the Irish Embassy in Rabat, Coveney stressed that his country “supports the process led by the United Nations and the efforts of the UN Secretary General to reach a final political settlement” of the Sahara issue.

Contrary to the biased reading of the APS, the answer of the head of the Irish diplomacy remained framed by the immutable position of his country on the question of the Sahara which is in perfect conformity with that of the UNO.

Through a vicious game of quotation marks and invented and decontextualized quotes, the APS credits the Irish minister with his country’s so-called support for the “self-determination referendum”, an option long buried by the UN and to which Coveney does not. makes no reference.

On the contrary, in his response, the Irish foreign minister insists on the positive neutrality of his country and defers to the decision to be taken by the UN.

“We have no opinion on the outcome of this decision,” Coveney explained.

Refusing any instrumentalization of human rights, which is a favorite activity of Algeria and its Polisarian relays, Coveney affirmed that he deals with this issue regularly and without complex or complacency with the Moroccan authorities at each once the occasion permits.

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“My department is in permanent contact with the Moroccan embassy. I met the Ambassador of the Kingdom in July 2019, when he accompanied the President of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki during his visit to Dublin. During this meeting, we had a very useful exchange on a series of political, trade and economic issues, including that of human rights, ”recalled the Irish foreign minister.

He added that “senior officials from his department meet regularly with the Moroccan ambassador to discuss a wide range of issues, including that of human rights.”

Respect for human rights, he explained, “is an integral part of Ireland’s foreign policy and we constantly seek to debate human rights issues through the most appropriate channels and most effective, including at bilateral and European levels, and through the United Nations universal periodic review mechanism ”.

Ditto for Morocco. The issue of human rights is discussed frankly and transparently in the various forums dedicated to it at the national, regional and international level, which assess the major advances made in this area at their fair value.

Coveney concluded his response by saying he was excited to deepen relations with the Kingdom.

“I look forward to deepening our bilateral engagement and our dialogue with Morocco with the opening of an Irish embassy in Rabat,” said the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs.

This sentence was, of course, deleted from the APS dispatch to keep the usual hateful plot which, in addition to intoxication and manipulation, constitutes the heart of the business of this agency.

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Needless to recall in this context, the dispatch published recently by the APS which affirms that an organization called “the UN Litigation Office in Geneva” rejected a complaint from a group of Algerian political activists “24 hours after its submission and examination of its content by the legal representatives of the Bureau ””.

This dispatch, fabricated from scratch, also earned the Algerian agency a scathing update from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which specifies that the information it contains “was completely fabricated. from start to finish ”and that there is no United Nations human rights body called the“ UN Litigation Office in Geneva ”. Of which act!

Adil Zaari Jabiri

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