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31 May - 6 June 2001
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'Hands off'THE ARAB LEAGUE is guarding against any potential foreign intervention in relation to a recent wave of civil unrest in Algeria, Dina Ezzat reports.
"All foreign parties should keep their hands off Algeria's internal affairs. Any intervention is unacceptable," Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said Tuesday. Moussa spoke following a meeting with Moustafa Sherif, Algeria's permanent representative to the League who asked for the support of the Arab organisation and its chief against foreign attempts to meddle in violent confrontations that have been going on for weeks between police and protesters in Algeria's ethnic Berber region.
Moussa is in contact with top Algerian officials and a host of concerned diplomats to circumvent any intervention attempts. "We insist that Algerian stability -- important as it is for all Arab north African states -- could be ensured by the unified Algerian people and its government," the League secretary-general said.
For his part Sherif stressed that the Algerian government is on top of the situation. "I explained to the secretary-general the measures that are being taken to keep control. And I stressed that we are capable of handling our own affairs," Sherif said.
Meanwhile, protesters and police continued to clash in Kabylie, Algeria's ethnic Berber region. Algeria's President Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika vowed earlier this week to punish those behind the riots but Kabylie residents say he has done nothing to address their grievances about cultural discrimination, police harassment and lack of jobs and adequate housing.
House arrestSUDANESE opposition Islamist leader Hassan Al-Turabi has been moved from jail to preventive confinement at a government house in a Khartoum suburb.
Wisal Al-Mahdi, his wife, told AFP that her husband was brought late Tuesday from Khartoum's Cooper Prison where he had spent three months to the house in the Kafouri neighbourhood north of Khartoum.
Members of the family were allowed to see him briefly while his wife was permitted to stay with him in the house.
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