The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the relaunch of the dialogue to resolve the more than 40-year old conflict in Western Sahara.
“I met with Staffan de Mistura, UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, during the Mediterranean Dialogue Conference (MED 2021)” in Rome, tweeted the head of Spanish diplomacy.
“I congratulated him on his appointment and conveyed to him the commitment of Spain, a member of the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, to help him relaunch the dialogue,” he added.
At the beginning of November, the Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura took up his post as the new UN envoy for Western Sahara, a position that had been vacant for more than two years after the resignation of the German Horst Kohler.
Included since 1966 in the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, and therefore eligible for the implementation of UN General Assembly resolution 1514 on the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples, Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa, occupied since 1975 by Morocco.