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When I was engaged in the struggle for my country, I was very young. My horizons were open.

I think that they participated in something that was not very proper and was very pitiful, not only for the Algerian people, but also for the other people who counted on our support.

These are the multinationals, like General Motors and Nestle; these are the big industrial groups that weigh, on the monetary scale, much more than big countries like Egypt.

Peace does not include a vendetta; there will be neither winners nor losers.

In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south. Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates victims in the north as well. This has become manifest: the global system was not made to serve the good of all, but to serve multinational companies.

Algeria is not breaking up.

Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development: this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system that finally reacted against us.

I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic: Neither of the two sides, the military government nor the Islamic front, is capable of winning. If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death.

Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power.

I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements, including those of Latin America.

I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left, in my convictions.

I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left.

It is obvious that taking the country from a state of war to being a lawful state won't be easy.

The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time: 132 years.

Those who are leftists, once in power, are not different from other parties.

Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents, but all my life is Algeria. I was born there.

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.

Colonialism is known in its primitive form, that is to say, by the permanent settling of repressive foreign powers, with an army, services, policies. This phase has known cruel colonial occupations which have lasted 300 years in Indonesia.

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed, once the authorities agreed, there were military coups d'etat that overthrew their leaders. That is the result time and time again.

From their point of view, I had gone too far. I had to disappear. That is to say, if the Algerian army had not overthrown me, others would have done so.