Centenaire de l’anniversaire de Nelson Mandela

La commémoration du 100ème anniversaire de Nelson Mandela a été célébrée à Belgrade le 14 septembre au Musée des Arts Africains, en présence de M. Aleksandar Gajovic, Secrétaire d’Etat à la Culture, des membres du corps diplomatiques et des personnalités universitaires.

La cérémonie a été ouverte par M. Abdelhamid Chebchoub, Ambassadeur d’Algérie à Belgrade et Doyen du groupe des ambassadeurs africains accrédités en Serbie.

Dans son allocution, l’Ambassadeur d’Algérie a évoqué l’engagement de Nelson Mandela dans la longue marche de l’Afrique du Sud vers la liberté, soulignant sa détermination, malgré les sacrifices qu’il a endurés dans la défense des principes de liberté, de justice et de paix sur le continent africain et ailleurs dans le monde.

M. Chebchoub a rappelé le séjour de Mandela en Algérie, avant l’indépendance, où il s’était rendu pour s’imprégner des techniques de lutte de libération nationale auprès des combattants de l’ALN.

Il a également rappelé le rôle joué par le Président Abdelaziz Bouteflika, alors ministre des Affaires Etrangères, en sa qualité de Président de la 29ème session de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies, dans l’exclusion du régime raciste de Prétoria des Nations Unies, marquant ainsi le début de son isolement international, jusqu’à sa chute en 1990.

Cette cérémonie a été marquée par la promotion de la version anglaise de l’ouvrage de Vesna Jugovic de Vinca intitulé « Mandela’s Code ».

Un débat a eu lieu ensuite sur l’œuvre de Nelson Mandela telle que présenté par ce livre, qui a suscité un grand intérêt du public présent.

Discours de S.E.M. l’Ambassadeur Abdelhamid Chebchoub

“Your Excellency Mr. Aleksandar Gajovic, State Secretary of Culture

 Your Excellences the Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic missions,

Mr. Dragoljub Kojčić, Director of the publishing company IT,

Mr. Robert Čoban, General director of Color Press Group,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear friends,

I would like to thank all of you for your presence, and show special appreciation in the name of all of us to Ms. Marija Aleksić for having made the Museum of African Arts available for the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

There is no better place to pay tribute to this great man of Africa than this African – coloured space, custodian of a segment of our cultural heritage.

We sought to pay respect essentially by launching a book dedicated to him «The Mandela’s Code» by Ms Vesna Jugovic de Vinca which has been initially published in Serbian language while its English version will be presented to you by the author in a certainly better way than I could do.

This literary work, written with great sensitivity and a profound search for the truth, faithfully depicts in my opinion both the eminence and the simplicity of this man.

The portrait admirably made by Ms. Vesna reveals to us, line by line, that the principles defended by Nelson Mandela and the strength of his beliefs are indeed, the traits of his personality and his nature that have remained unaltered despite all sacrifices he had endured in his lifetime.

In my capacity of Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, I am proud, along with my fellow African Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions, to mark together with you this anniversary and pay tribute to this valiant son of Africa.

And as the Ambassador of Algeria, I am twice as proud, given the special ties that Nelson Mandela had with my country, which he had visited before the independence to draw inspiration from techniques used during the national liberation war by Algerian fighters in their struggle against the colonial system and, that he has revisited in the aftermath of his liberation in 1992 to thank Algeria for the support given to the South African people in its long-lasting struggle for regaining freedom.

In this context, I can’t help but recall that the racist regime in Pretoria was excluded from the United Nations at the General Assembly session in 1974,  chaired by the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, and with the support of non-aligned countries thus marking the beginning of its international isolation.

I believe that every human being should be guided by “Mandela’s code” especially in today’s world which faces a revival of exclusion, injustice, intolerance and in which peace is threatened in many of its parts.

And, I’m sure that if Mandela were still alive, he would have continued to support peoples still struggling for their freedom and their independence in Africa, in Palestine, or wherever they are still under foreign domination.

This aspect will be surely evoked by the panel on “What Mandela would have done today”, facilitated by our friend Danilo Milic, man of great experience and knowledge about our continent.

That is why I would like to thank on behalf of all of you Ms Vesna for her work and for having written a book, which I invite you to read, and which allows us to revisit ” Madiba’s ” grandiose achievements.

Thank you for your attention.”

 

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