Algerian militants reject reconcilliation with France

11th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

DUBAI, July 11, 2007 (AFP) - The leader of an Al-Qaeda linked group in Algeria condemned efforts to improve relations between the north African state and its former French colonial rulers.

DUBAI, July 11, 2007 (AFP) - The leader of an Al-Qaeda linked group in Algeria condemned efforts to improve relations between the north African state and its former French colonial rulers.

The head of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, dismissed in an Internet statement posted on Tuesday recent efforts to sign a friendship treaty between the two states.

"There still remains between France and Muslims a wall of skulls and body parts and a sea of tears and blood," Wadud said in the statement posted on a website often used by Islamic militants, adding that true Islam forbids "frienship with infidels."

The message was posted on the same day French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Alegrian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers to discuss forging closer ties.

The GSPC is an outlawed Islamic group that has recently rebranded itself as the North African branch of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.


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