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Algeria, South Africa call for immediate appointment of new UN envoy for Western Sahara

3 months ago at 12/Jan/2021 78

Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum and South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor discussed Tuesday in Pretoria, the question of Western Sahara and reaffirmed their “full support” to the immediate appointment of a new personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for this occupied territory.

In a joint statement released on the occasion of Mr. Sabri Boukadoum’s two-day working visit to South Africa, the two ministers expressed “their full support to the immediate appointment by UN Secretary General (Antonio Guterres) of a personal envoy for Western Sahara,” a post vacant since the resignation of former envoy, German Horst Kohler, in May 2019.

The two ministers voiced their “serious concerns over the escalation of military tensions in the occupied territories,” the statement said.

Boukadoum and his counterpart Pandor also reaffirmed in this regard “their position in favor of reaching a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will guarantee the self-determination of Western Sahara people, through the holding of a free and fair referendum, in accordance with Security Council resolution 690 (1991) and subsequent resolutions,” according to the same source.

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