TEBESSA- The restitution of the archives of the Algerian Liberation war, which are in possession of France, is a matter of principle for the Algerians, affirmed Monday in Tebessa (634 km east of Algiers) Minister of Mujahedeen (War Veterans) Tayeb Zitouni.
In a press conference, on the second day of his working and inspection visit to this province, the minister said that the negotiations with the French side on the restitution of the archives is ongoing, underlining the setting up of the joint committee made up of representatives of Foreign Affairs Ministry and Mujahedeen Ministry in charge of the file of the national archives.
Pointing out that the national archives were recovered from 12 Arab countries, including Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, Zitouni added that the negotiations with the French side on the restitution of national archives are “very complex,” affirming that “the file of Memory will be settled sooner or later.”
While broaching the battle of El Djorf (100 km south of Tebessa), one of the greatest battles triggered on 22 September 1955, under the command of martyr Chihani Bachir, the minister underlined that the commemoration of this major event will be held as part of the official festivities from this year.
The minister underlined the counting operation of the liberation war’s battles and the modernisation of the access to historical documents through internet and documentary production, available throughout the 44 Mujaheed museums nationwide.