Speaker of the National Assembly, Salah Goudjil, called on Thursday, the international community to respect its “moral and political” duty towards the Palestinian issue as well as the conflict in Western Sahara, reaffirming Algeria’s adherence to international law as a “basic reference for settling disputes and conflicts.”
In a speech addressed to the 142nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held from May 24 to 27 on the topic of “the Organizing and Role of Parliaments in the Light of the Pandemic,” held through videoconference, Goudjil reiterated “Algeria’s adherence to international law and international legitimacy as basic references for settlement of disputes and conflicts.”
From this standpoint, he called on the international community to “respect its moral and political duty and stand against the injustice and suffering that the Israeli occupier inflicts on the defenseless Palestinian people,” recalling Algeria’s “firm and unconditional” stance towards the cause of the Palestinian people, and supportive of its obtaining all its stolen rights and its right to establish its independent and sovereign state at the borders of 1967, with El Quds as its capital, according to what is stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative, “denouncing all attempts to amend the legal status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif ”.
In the same context, the Speaker of the National Assembly renewed Algeria’s call for the necessity to “settle the conflict in Western Sahara in accordance with the requirements of the international legitimacy in order to reach a political, just, lasting and satisfactory solution for all parties based on the right of Sahrawi people to self-determination with the imperative to complete the process of decolonization in Western Sahara by the United Nations mission in order to organize a referendum for self-determination for Sahrawi people in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter and related decisions Of the General Assembly and the UN Security Council ”.
Salah Goudjil also highlighted the “supporting efforts to find a political solution to the situation in Libya, Syria and Yemen,” hoping that “these brotherly countries will be able to restore peace and stability on their lands.”
Regarding the role of parliaments in light of Coronavirus pandemic, Salah Goudjil stressed that the spread of the Covid-19 virus constitutes “a global threat to health and is a new system that completely redraws international relations, making our adaptation to this new pattern of utmost necessity,” stressing the importance of “equal access to vaccines and not using the pandemic as an excuse to freeze the process of realizing the sustainable development goals.”
In this regard, he highlighted, “Algeria is moving forward on the path of implementing these goals thanks to political will, huge public investments and considerable effort directed towards diversifying the economy, which put Algeria in the right path in order to achieve the sustainable development goals until 2030.”
Incidentally, the President of the Supreme Chamber of Parliament stated that Algeria “is moving with decisive steps towards further consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and social justice, taking into account the aspirations of people expressed in the wake of the blessed and original Hirak movement, as promised by the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune,” which helped Algeria – the same official adds – “take important steps in building a new Algeria, by organizing a popular referendum on reviewing the constitution last November, and it is currently working on organizing legislative elections next June, which will contribute to the renewal of the political class.”
For reference, the National Assembly participated in the works of this assembly and the meetings of the 207th session of the Council through videoconference.
This session saw the participation of more than 750 parliamentarians representing 135 parliament members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Participants in the closing session endorsed the standing committees’ regulations on the themes of “Parliamentary strategies to enhance peace and security against threats and conflicts resulting from climate-related disasters and their consequences” and “Mainstream digitalization and the circular economy to achieve sustainable development goals, especially responsible consumption and production.”
On the occasion, Ahmed Khourchi was elected a member of the Bureau of the Standing Committee for Peace and International Security for the African Group.