Pressure exerted on Morocco in recent weeks has succeeded in imposing Staffan De Mistura as the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara.
Spanish news agency, quoting a Moroccan diplomat, revealed that Morocco has officially informed the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, of its agreement to appoint diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new personal envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara.
Consultations are currently taking place among the members of the Security Council to approve the appointment of the new personal envoy for Western Sahara, and it is expected that his appointment will be announced within the next few days.
The representative of the Polisario Front to the United Nations, Sidi Mohamed Ammar, had recently confirmed that Morocco is obstructing the appointment of a personal envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Western Sahara, to perpetuate the fait accompli policy and maintain the political stalemate in the region, calling on the UN Security Council to take “urgent and immediate” action to deter the occupying state.
In this context, the Sahrawi diplomat cited Morocco’s rejection of the proposal to appoint Staffan de Mistura, to succeed former German President Horst Köhler, who resigned from his position as envoy of the Secretary-General in May 2019, noting that the Sahrawi Arab Republic submitted its approval to Antonio Guterres in April.