Military peacekeeping: Army’s participation outside borders to be done under banner of international organizations

APS – 13 June 2020

ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, said Friday that the issue of the participation of the People’s National Army (ANP) in military operations outside the national territory, provided for in the draft constitutional amendment, would be done under the banner of international organizations and within the framework of peacekeeping operations and would depend on the approval of two-thirds of the members of Parliament.

During his regular meetings with national media officials, President Tebboune referred to the participation of the People’s National Army (ANP) in military operations outside the country’s borders, saying that “it will be done in a democratic manner and with the approval of two thirds of the parliament.”

“We will have a clear and transparent Constitution and our army will have the right to adhere to the decisions of international and regional bodies to take part in peacekeeping missions,” the president said, recalling that the Army had already participated, on many occasions, in operations outside the country under the UN banner, as well as in wars in the framework of the common Arab defence, but had never participated in “offensive operations.”

He stressed that much has been written about this, but “the most important thing has been omitted, namely that the army will only intervene with the approval of two thirds of the representatives of the people and not by decision of the President.”

“This debate has been provoked by parties who had effectively intervened in conflicts outside the country’s borders and who now accuse us of wanting to change our military doctrine,” he said.

“Our philosophy has never changed,” Tebboune said, adding that it was “simply a return to normality,” based on the principle that if the ANP had to take part in operations outside the country’s borders, it would do so “under the cover of the law and the Constitution and in order to carry out peaceful missions in defence of Algeria.

For President Tebboune, “attack is the best defence, but within certain limits”, recalling the terrorist operation that targeted the Tiguentourine base a few years ago, “the philosophy adopted then prohibited any attack against terrorists as long as they are outside our borders.”