Neighbourhood watch not mission creep


"Helping this neighbourhood to help itself."

With those words David Cameron heralded his arrival in Algeria - the first Western leader to visit this country since the hostage crisis which left 38 foreigners dead and the first British prime minister to visit in half a century of Algerian independence.

The prime minister has brought his national security advisor and the head of MI6 with him for talks designed to secure a new security partnership between the two countries. In practice that is likely to focus, at least to start with, more on the sharing of intelligence and less on defence co-operation.

The presence of the British trade envoy Lord Risby and the Algerian energy minister is a reminder that oil and not just security is high on the agenda here.

In the aftermath of the hostage crisis David Cameron described North Africa as a magnet for Al Qaeda terrorism and the focus of a new generational struggle against Islamic extremism.

After he had laid a wreath at the martyrs memorial in Algiers, I asked him if he could allay fears that this region could become his Iraq or Afghanistan. He insisted that it would not.

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    Comment number 40.


    DC is just trying to look in control & statesmanlike - he can't compete with EM on the I went to a comprehensive front.

    Does that sort of PPB really work?

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    Comment number 39.

    "He insisted that it would not."

    --Famous last words.

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    Comment number 38.

    BluesBerry @37

    You refer to 'in our name' resolutions and forces and industrial considerations… far 'above our heads'… underlining the need for all of us, at the 'front-line', sitting in 'higher counsels', to be equal partners in Good Ship Earth… no other 'system' can emulate genuine 'democracy', all of us 'representative' of all

    Does your database confirm?

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    Comment number 37.

    World’s "superpowers" negotiate, grabbing deeper economic resources in & around Algeria. "Superpowers" cling to Uranium resources in pan-national, Tuareg West to manufacture ever more NUCLEAR weapons. Chapter VII UN resolution 2085 states an “Africa-led” force to foster peace. Are French airstrikes covered by that resolution? Is UK intervention?

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    Comment number 36.

    BluesBerry @
    "ask... cause"

    Looking beyond 'struggle' against 'Islamic' terrorism

    And beyond 'struggle' against 'western' extremism, aggression, etc

    As @3, conflict "as old as history… irresponsible elites given free rein"

    Shall we address the hierarchy of 'corruption', ourselves, not just the changing faces - and local flags of '-ism' - 'at the top'?

    What hope without equal partnership?


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