Listing Raï music in UNESCO heritage: File to be sent by late March

APS - 23 March 2021

TLEMCEN- Minister of Culture and Arts, Malika Bendouda said Monday evening from Tlemcen (520km east of Algiers), that the listing file of the Raï music in the UNESCO heritage will be sent by late March.

In a statement to the press at the Center for Andalusian Studies in Tlemcen, the minister said the ministry "works to list this art in the UNESCO World Heritage" and that her meeting with Messaoud Bellemou and Boutaiba Saidi, two well-know people in this art, aimed to show that "this heritage is an authentic Algerian heritage, very old and has a long history.

The Ministry is also preparing "the Economic and Cultural Forum dedicated to the revival of cultural investment, with the aim of reviving theaters according to a set of specifications which will be developed by the Ministry of Culture, she added.

Bendouda also reported the launch of 5 national festivals during the holy month of Ramadhan, pending the end of the Covid-19 crisis for the revival of international festivals.

AU must take coercive measures against any member who violates its decisions

ALGIERS- The African Union (AU) is called to take coercive measures against any member who does not respect its decisions in order to preserve its credibility, said Monday in Algiers Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Algeria, Abdelkader Taleb Omar.

In a statement to the APS, in reaction to the rejection by the Kingdom of Morocco of the latest decision of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU on the Western Sahara issue, Taleb Omar said that this decision "came at the right time" especially after the blocking of the UN plan to settle the conflict, adding that "the African Union must enforce their decisions by concrete measures.

"After 30 years of procrastination on the part of Morocco, the AU and its Council are entitled to address the conflict in Western Sahara," said the Sahrawi Ambassador.

In this respect, he reiterated his call for the reactivation of the role of the continental organization and the implementation of relevant UN resolutions.