Celebration of the 59th anniversary
of Victory Day, 19 March 1962
Algeria is celebrating today its national Victory Day, 19 March 1962, a key milestone of the Algerian People’s struggle to recover its sovereignty. After a bitter and ongoing battle against the French occupier, the latter was forced to negotiate its defeat with the representatives of the Algerian People, the National Liberation Front (FLN).
This 19 March 1962 marked the day when the ceasefire between the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic (GPRA) and the occupiers’ government was enforced, thus ending a drama of injustice that had lasted for 132 years, and finally paving the way to the proclamation of Algeria’s independence on 5 July 1962.
The Evian negotiations that brought my country’s victory are the culmination of the determination of millions of oppressed Algerians, strong with the legitimacy of their cause, to recover their independence. They accepted to pay a heavy toll of million and a half Martyrs in order to put an end forever to the long colonial night imposed on their blessed land and its corollaries such as poverty, underdevelopment, and the denial of a millennial culture and history.
Today, similarly to the rest of the world, Algeria is facing health challenges, but also political and economic ones, that the country is tackling owing, on the one hand, to the unity of its people and the patriotism and will of its youth aspiring to a better tomorrow and, on the other hand, to the renewal of its institutions.
Long live democratic and prosperous Algeria !
Glory to our Martyrs!
Mrs. Latifa Benazza,
Ambassador of Algeria