Abdelaziz Bouteflika

  • Algerian statesman
  • Born March 2, 1937

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, GColIH (pronunciation ; Arabic: عبد العزيز بوتفليقة‎, translit. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Būtaflīqa [ʕaːbd lʕziz butfliqa]; born 2 March 1937) is an Algerian politician who has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. As President, he presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002, and he ended emergency rule in February 2011 amidst regional unrest. He was the president of the United Nations General Assembly for a term in 1974.

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet.

A dialogue among civilizations can be seen as a dialogue between the individual and the universal.

I have reaffirmed my political will to work towards national unity.

A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind's heritage.

If the lives of men can be measured in terms of years, ideologies in decades, and nations in centuries, then the unit measuring civilizations, born of the interaction among peoples, would be the millennium.