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France urged to admit colonial crimes
Cat : Democracy & H-Rights
Date : 2006-11-13 12:42:17                      Reader : 330
American genocide took place in 1914, but French genocide took place recently in 50/ 60 !! Human beings have same value. Of course U.S. must make a legislation also for Japanese crimes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1948 !! History oblige !!


Associated France Press (AP) 13/11/2006

France urged to admit colonial crimes


ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria's leader has called on France to recognize colonial-era crimes in his country.

Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, speaking at a Saturday party conference ahead of Monday's start of a two-day visit by French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, said France and Algeria have "friendly" relations.

But "these relations cannot mask collective memory," he said.

Algeria is "ready," to cooperate with France "so that it recognizes crimes committed against Algerians ... The Algerian can forgive, but will never forget," Belkhadem said.

Polls in France show Sarkozy is the top center-right contender to succeed President Jacques Chirac in France's presidential contest next spring. Chirac has not said whether he will seek a third term, but it appears unlikely.

Sarkozy, in an interview with the French-language magazine Jeune Afrique published last week, said that the colonial era "had its dark moments" and that the slave trade was a crime.

He insisted however that the "duty of memory" about the injustices of the colonial system must not be confused with the French people who lived in, helped build and "loved Africa."

Sarkozy was expected to focus on joint efforts to battle illegal immigration and terrorism during his meeting with Algerian leaders.

The former crown jewel of France's North African colonies, Algeria was under French rule for 132 years before Algerians won independence in 1962 following a brutal eight-year conflict.

Bilateral ties soured last year when France's parliament passed a law requiring textbooks to show the "positive role" that France played in its former colonies. The law embarrassed the French government, and Chirac ordered it revamped.

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