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DIE BEZIEHUNGEN POLENS ZU DEN MAGHREB-STAATEN

H. L. Kronberger
Verfassung und Recht in Übersee / Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America
Vol. 9, No. 4 (1976), pp. 457-468
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43111170
Page Count: 12
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Following its national interest the communist Poland has established relations to the developing countries and has consequently enlarged them. In doing so they have acted in accordance with the principles of the eastern communist countries, which are proletarian internationalism, establishment of socialist conditions in the world, support of national liberation movements and rebellion, peaceful coexistence and ideological class-struggle. Poland has also established and developed the relations to the States of North-West-Africa. Morocco and Poland could practically continue the relations they had during the two world wars. Economic interests, positive experiences in the building of complete branches of industry on the Polish side, high specialization in the Polish industry of capital goods and last but not least the question of tradition had in 1974 led to the signing of a trade agreement and of several supply contracts for the Moroccan railway. At the beginning of 1975 out of all eastern communist states Poland took the lead in the field of foreign trade and economic co-operation with Morocco. In the politico-ideological field the Polish government aims at changing the internal structure and the system of the kingdom of the country and at supporting the powers of socialism. Poland could establish relations to Algeria only after it had received its independence in 1962. The economic relations between both countries have been fairly moderate since then but after the visit of a Polish party delegation in Algeria end of 1973 they received a strong stimulation. For the Polish government it was, however, more important to deepen the ideological and socio-political co-operation with the Algerian Liberation Front and the common battle against the so-called imperialism and neo-colonialism. The Polish effort to establish a communist system in Algeria was in so far successful as the Algerian government gave the assurance that the Polish credits for investment should contribute to the changing of the economic structures in the country according to the socialist model. Apart from Warsaw's efforts to increase its connection to the National Liberation Front of Algeria it is willing to establish contacts to communist and revolutionary powers all over the world and to make propaganda among the Algerian population for a closer relation to Poland and the other eastern communist countries. The variety and intensity of the Algerian-Polish relationship and their strong co-operation in the field of economy, technical science, culture and journalism should not hide the fact that the Polish policy towards Algeria is mainly characterized by political propaganda and ideological indoctrination. The Polish relations towards Tunesia are more or less confined to a cultural, scientific and technical co-operation and to the exchange of goods. In 1974 an enlargment of the relations has been stipulated by contract.

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