EL BAYADH- The Victory Day is a major stage in the history of Algeria and the crowning of the relentless struggle against the French colonialism, said Sunday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"The victory Day is a milestone in Algeria's history and the crowning of the relentless struggle against the yoke of colonialism, from which the Algerian people suffered and continue to suffer from its legacy," said President Bouteflika in a message marking the Victory Day (19 March), read on his behalf by the Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
"On that day, our valiant people sounded the death knell of a very long colonial era following the glorious National Liberation War, during which they made huge sacrifices," added the Head of State.
"The ceasefire, signed on 19 mars 1962, was achieved through the sacrifices of shuhada (liberation war martyrs) and mujahideen (liberation war veterans). It was also the fruit of bitter negotiations conducted by the Algerian delegation with the occupying France, to snatch the right of our people to freedom and to recover their sovereignty over their entire country," said the President of the country.
EL BAYADH- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday called on Algerian people to "be vigilant" to preserve the country's achievements.
"Today, we have to be vigilant and preserve our achievements so that citizens would live freely under democracy," said President Bouteflika in a message marking the Victory Day (19 March), read on his behalf by the Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
"This democracy allows our children to pride themselves on the achievements made in a climate of peace and security," stressed the Head of State.
"Peace and security were recovered and preserved owing to the sacrifices and the maturity of the (Algerian) people, especially the units of the People's National Army, the worthy successor of the National Liberation Army, security forces, national gendarmerie and police, who are ensuring the security of the country and citizens," added President Bouteflika.
"We reiterate to them all, officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers, our gratitude and we pay tribute to the memory of the martyrs of national duty," concluded the President of the Republic.
EL BAYADH- The rapid changes worldwide require wisdom and foresight, said Sunday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"The strategic choices adopted to boost and develop the national economy (...) take into account the concrete situation of the country's available resources and all the realities in the world in which we live," said the Head of State in a message marking the Victory Day (19 March), read on his behalf by Adviser to the Presidency Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
The world is witnessing "regional and international tensions and rapid changes that require wisdom and foresight, not only from the elite but also from the whole society," added the President of the Republic.
"Our people have, throughout history, preserved and defended the message of loyalty and faithfulness to the nation. In the past, they showed patience and courage in the face of the ordeals, which they overcame through great sacrifices, and learned a lot from the national tragedy, making of Algeria a country of peace and security, thanks to the Almighty God, who inspired us the policy of peace and national reconciliation," said the Head of State.
He added "the State has managed to establish the rule of law and the independence of justice, and implement reforms provided for by the Constitution to protect the country and ensure its internal and external security," concluded President Bouteflika.
PARIS- Secretary of State to the Minister of Defence, in charge of Veterans Affairs and Memory, Jean-Marc Todeschini declared Saturday that 19 March 1962 (Victory Day) ended the political project "French Algeria" so that Algeria and Algeria engage in cooperation.
"March 19th (1962) marks the end of a political project, that of all those who believed in French Algeria. On January 8, 1961 by referendum, 75% of the French voted for the self-determination right to Algeria. This is the very meaning of 19 March: the end of a 132 year old political project ...," he said in an article published in le Monde newspaper.
For Jean-Marc Todeschini, that day "marks the common willingness of the French Republic and the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic to cease hostilities and engage the two countries on a new path, that of cooperation of which we are parts."
He also added that this "historical date," in which was proclaimed the ceasefire in Algeria following the signing of the Accords of Evian, "marked, after eight years of war, the cessation of combats between the French arm and National Liberation Army," highlighting that it was lived like a "relief and promise for peace return."
The first ever commemoration on Saturday by President François Hollande of the Victory Day (19th March 1962) caused outrage in France, notably from the left-wing politicians.
On Saturday afternoon, and before the "National War Memorial in Algeria and fights of Morocco and Tunisia," located at Quai Branly (Paris), François Hollande will deliver a speech on this day called in Algeria "Victory Day" while in France; it is called "National Day of Remembrance Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia."
According to sources close to the Elysee, Hollande's initiative is in line with the commemoration of the cease-fire and "not the Evian Accords", signed on March 18, 1962 between France and the Provisional Government of Algerian Republic (GPRA), adding that he intends to "pay tribute" to all victims of the war, as part of what he called "peace of memories."
EL TARF (Algeria)- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Saturday urged the Algerian people to remain vigilant for safeguarding the country.
"The Algerian courageous people has paid the blood tribute to free and build Algeria, but now, women and men, young and elderly, are more than ever required to be united, vigilant and mobilized to safeguard the integrity of our country, which shares borders with many countries shaken by violent crises," the President of the Republic said in a message on the occasion of the celebration of Victory Day read on his behalf by Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies, Houda Imane Feraoun.
"Our people is also urged to remain vigilant and united to counter the devastating plots against the whole Arab nation, which peoples pay the price today as we ourselves have done during the national tragedy, which certainly came from outside," insisted President Bouteflika.
For the Head of State, the "Algerians are also more than ever challenged to mobilize, work and innovate to overcome the global economic crisis that has affected our country, due to the oil price drop and to pursue the national renewal process at the political, economic, social and cultural plans."
"Such are the challenges that I keep remaining our fellow countrymen on every occasion and what best occasion to urge the Nation for mobilization, unity and work than the Victory Day on which we paid glowing tribute to the Martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for free and independent Algeria," concluded President Bouteflika.
EL TARF (Algeria)- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Saturday that this special day of 19 March 1962 was "the fruit of a scared struggle" waged by the Algerian people against forces of darkness and colonialism.
"The special day of 19 March 1962 is the fruit of Algerian people's sacred struggle against the forces of darkness and colonialism," President Bouteflika said in a message marking the celebration of the Victory Day, read on his behalf by the minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies, Houda Imane Feraoun.
The head of State said the last stage of this struggle was "the liberation war which forced the aggressor to abdicate and negotiate for the recognition of the people's rights and the recovery of Algeria's full sovereignty."
"The Victory Day represents the reappropriation of sovereignty, recovered in tragic conditions that deserve to be recalled when we mention the price paid for our liberty," the head of State underlined.
"Our people reached then the supreme moment of independence three months after the announcement of the ceasefire, three months of barbaric destruction, unprecedented in contemporary history, a destruction perpetrated by the secret criminal organization (OAS) against our people, who courageously accepted to abide by the ceasefire concluded on 19 March 1962."
EL TARF (Algeria)- El-Tarf province hosted Saturday the official ceremonies celebrating the 54th anniversary of the Victory Day, in the presence Minister of Mujahideen (liberation war veterans) Tayeb Zitouni.
In an opening address, at a national conference on the Evian Accords and the military victory of the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962), Houda Imene Feraoun, the minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies, read a message from President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
President Bouteflika, in the message, stressed that the Algerian people "celebrate today the 54th anniversary of the Victory Day, a victory that gave a concrete expression to our dearest dream, namely the recovery of freedom and our despoiled land after a heroic struggle and a hard and painful war."
The province of El Tarf has been chosen this year for the celebration of this memorable day, the head of State carried on, "for the heroic battles waged in this region, which also was a transit for caravans of mujahideen carrying arm supplies to the National Liberation Army.
This area was also "home for thousands of Algerian men and women who fled their own land to take refuge among our Tunisian and Moroccan brothers," President Bouteflika said.
This "solidarity marked our memory and cemented our commitment to the Arab Maghreb."
The province's authorities and mujahideen handed over to Feraoun, on the occasion of the Victory Day, a symbolic present to the head of State, namely the Guestbook of El Tarf's martyrs.
GHARDAIA - President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday reassured citizens especially in southern cities s and the High plateaus, stating that the measures for the new territorial division will materialize as soon as the question related to regulatory procedures will be resolved.
In a message read on his behalf by the adviser at the presidency of the Republic, Benamar Zerhouni, on the occasion of the Day of Victory celebrated March 19 of each year,President Bouteflika "reassured the citizens", adding that the concerned sectors will be mobilized to meet the technical requirements and prepare the various means necessary to ensure the completion of the process."
GHARDAIA-President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Thursday the province of Ghardaia that experienced trials, should recover security, tranquility and serenity of yesteryear.
"Ghardaia experienced many trials and so many vicissitudes. What Ghardaia suffered from bruised our hearts. It high time it revives the security, tranquility and serenity of yesteryear as it has been, historically, a haven of coexistence and understanding and a symbol of harmony and cultural mix," President Bouteflika stressed in a message to mark the Day of Victory, read on his behalf Benaamar by Zerhouni, Advisor to the President of the Republic.
Referring to the events the province witnessed in recent years, between two components of its population, he rejected any "discrimination between Algerian and another, between Maliki and their Ibadhite brother."
"You are all my brothersI respect you and defend you because you are among the best servants of God and the homeland in our country," said President Bouteflika told inhabitants of Ghardaia.
"My commitment to the unity of the Algerian nation is matched only by my commitment to the territorial integrity of our country," he added.
President Bouteflika expressed the determination of the state to continuing its efforts to restore calm in the whole region of Ghardaia.
GHARDAIA- The exploration operations of Algeria’s shale gas were conducted in accordance with the interests of citizens, ecology and geological integrity of the regions concerned, President of Abdelaziz Bouteflika affirmed Thursday.
"Keeping, permanently, in mind that nobody has the right and the possibility to act in any way that may undermine the interests of citizens, the ecology and the geologic integrity of some regions whatsoever that we, based irrefutable and proven certainties, have engaged only the exploration and the evaluation of our country’s shale gas potential," President Bouteflika said in a message read on his behalf by Adviser to the presidency of the Republic, Benamar Zerhouni, on the occasion of Victory Day, celebrated on March 19 each year.
"We will comply with this option until the end," ensured the Head of the State in a message in which he spoke of the anti-gas shale protests at In Salah, which persist despite, he noted, all assurances that were given to the people.
The President explained that "without sufficient knowledge of the potential of our underground gas, oil and shale gas, it will not be possible to plan future steps for the development of our country."
''In Salah is the apple of our eyes. It has not deprived Algeria from its resources or the provision of the best for its children.
It provided it with two types of wealth, gas and men," he added.
This makes the region of In Salah worthy of "a full recognition and gratitude, and benefit from measures and plans designed to improve the living conditions of its population and make quality change to hoist it to a level of development similar to that prevailing in the north of the country."
In this regard, he urged the region’s people "to privilege wisdom and reason" because, he said, "preserving the health of citizens and their environment is the red line that neither the state nor other party can cross."
GHARDAIA (Algeria)- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday paid homage to People's National Army and the other security bodies "who ensures security of our borders" and "track down terrorists."
"I pay a deserved tribute to all civil servants, institutions and administrations, to the brave elements of the People's National Army, its officers, non-commissioned officers, soldiers and the different security bodies who ensure security of our borders or track down and eliminate terrorists," the head of State said in a message marking the Victory Day, celebrated this year in the town of Ghardaia (600-km south of Algiers) and read on his behalf by President of the Republic's adviser Mohamed Benamar Zerhouni.
"Well-deserved tribute will also be paid to all State employees, in all sectors, who contribute to its construction, promotion of national economy and preservation of Algerian people's interests."
President Bouteflika also greets Algerian citizens who, he said, aware of the challenges our country has to meet, strive to give a boost to the development process in all fields and achieve prosperity.
GHARDAIA (Algeria)- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday reiterated Algeria's "support" to and "solidarity" with Tunisia, expressing concerns over the current situation in Arab countries "marked by atrocities, which are well known by the Algerian people."
"We follow with much concern developments in some of our Arab sister countries that are going through atrocities, which are well known by the Algerian people, and are going through ordeals we underwent and live the same situation we knew," Bouteflika said in a message read on his behalf by Mohamed Benamar Zerhouni, a president of the Republic's adviser, to mark the Victory Day, whose official celebration is hosted by Ghardaia (600-km south of Algiers) this year.
"We express our pain over the sufferings, the throes and torments those populations are going through and share their grief."
The president of the Republic has invited " those sister countries to favour common sense in order to reduce splits, settle disagreements and transcend divisions and to opt for dialogue and reconciliation to achieve peace and concord."
GHARDAIA-President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday welcomed the signing of the peace and reconciliation in Mali, hailing, moreover, the Libyan parties' commitment to opting for dialogue to overcome the crisis and providing the country with institutions necessary for reconstruction.
In a message on the occasion of the Victory Day, Bouteflika highlighted the signing, a few days ago, of the Agreement of Peace and Reconciliation in Mali under the auspices of international mediation led by Algeria, and welcomed the conclusion of this agreement, said the document issued after the inter-Malian dialogue is "an important step in the peace and stability restoring process in this neighboring country (Mali)."
On this occasion, the Head of State welcomed in a message read on his behalf by the Advisor to the President of the Republic Mohamed Benamar Zerhouni, Malians' "high degree of maturity" and their strong commitment to ending through dialogue the crisis that nearly undermines their country.
In the same context, the President paid tribute to the Malian parties, which have favored the path of dialogue and national reconciliation in full respect of Mali's territorial integrity, national unity and cohesion.
Moreover, President Bouteflika praised the "will resolutely expressed" by the Libyan parties to engage in an inclusive dialogue to allow their country overcome the current crisis and build the institutions necessary for its reconstruction.
"Algeria will continue to provide full support and will fully contribute to the ongoing efforts to enable the brotherly Libyan people to preserve its unity, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country," he said.
GHARDAIA- The proclamation of cease-fire, marking the end of the National War of Liberation from France represented “a sign of strength, won by the force of arms and the determination of our masses in their resistance and their refusal to live further under colonial rule," President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Thursday in Ghardaia (600 km south of Algiers), in a message readon his behalf by Adviser to the President of the Republic, Benamar Zerhouni, on the occasion of Victory Day, celebrated on March 19 each year.
The Head of State added that "fortified by these two assets, the delegation of Algerian negotiators could cap a long historical epic that began with the popular resistance, followed by the national movement, then by the glorious liberation war; an epic that devoted the heroism of a people and imposed, by the strength of faith, self-sacrifice and loyalty, the perennial desire of Algeria to be free, independent and sovereign."
"On that day, we feel pride of those valiant heroes to whom the Algerian people has given birth. Those heroes who distinguished themselves in the fight against the enemy on the battlefield, were uncompromising at the negotiating tables and whose route, full of teachings, was crowned by the outcome of negotiations," said President Bouteflika
"That day, the colonizer finally admitted that it had no alternative but signing the Evian Accords, after the failure of all inhuman methods which he used to break the tenacity of our revolution," he said.
"The victory came after the Algerian people have paid a heavy price consisting in countless martyrs, thousands of widows and orphans, hundreds of thousands of prisoners, detainees and disabled, as well as destruction of thousands villages and hamlets, and the ransacking and looting of property of its children," he recalled.
GHARDAIA (Algeria)- The southern province of Ghardaia (600-km south of Algiers) hosted Thursday the official festivities celebrating the 53rd anniversary of Evian Accords between Algeria and France on 19 March 1962, sealing national independence after more than 132 years of French occupation.
The festivities include a conference under the theme "Triumph of Will and Will of Construction," in the presence of the minister of Mujahideen, Tayeb Zitouni.
In a message read on his behalf by Presidency's adviser, Benamar Zerhouni, President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika paid tribute to the memory of the Algerian "brave heroes" who "distinguished themselves by the fight against the enemy on the battle field, and were "unbeatable around the negotiation table."
"The proclamation of cease-fire was a trial of strength, won through armed struggle and the determination of our people, who persevered in their resistance and rejected subjugation to colonial domination."
On the sidelines of the conference, the minister of Mujahideen emphasized the importance of this date (19 March 1962), the Victory Day, which symbolizes the bitter fight of Algerian people for the recovery of their independence.
Zitouni stressed the "greatness" of the Revolution of 1 November 1954, and the "pride to belong to November's generation."
The conference, led by academics and Revolutionary Family representatives, was attended by several students and civil groups.