Envoy of the UN for Western Sahara will meet with the parties at the end of June

Horst KöhlerAFP.- The UN envoy for Western Sahara, former German President Horst Koehler, will meet again in late June with the parties in conflict to press for the resumption of peace negotiations, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

According to one of these sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Koehler plans to meet with the Moroccan authorities on June 28 and 29 in Rabat. He should also travel to El Aaiun, in Western Sahara, to make contact with the blue helmets of the ceasefire observation mission (Minurso).

Another source said that the emissary should also go to Tindouf, where the Polisario Front is located, at the western end of Algeria, specifying that the precise dates of this trip have not yet been defined.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Koehler

On April 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara Horst Koehler, who arrived in Moscow on a working visit.

During the meeting, it was stressed that there are no alternatives to a political settlement of the Western Sahara problem in line with corresponding UN Security Council resolutions. It was pointed out the drafting of a mutually acceptable scheme for a settlement on Western Sahara would promote the general improvement of the situation in North Africa.

The Russian side expressed support for the mediatory efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy, as well as for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and its key role in maintaining regional stability.

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Horst Köhler  in El Aaiun for a four-day visit

Horst Köhleryabiladi.com-. Horst Köhler plans to visit El Aaiun in the first week of April. The UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy to Western Sahara will be visiting for four days.

At MINURSO headquarters, preparations for the German mediator have already begun, including painting of the headquarters.

During his stay, the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General plans to tour, by plane, the four Team Site of MINURSO installed in the region. In El Aaiun, Köhler should also meet with representatives of pro-Polisario associations, unionists and Moroccan authorities.

The choice of the timing of the visit is well calculated. Indeed, this date is a few days away from the presentation of a new report by Antonio Guterres on Western Sahara, which reduces the margin of maneuver of Morocco.

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Kohler: my mandate is to come up with a solution that guarantees the self-determination of the Saharawi people

Horst KöhlerNEW YORK, March 23, 2018 (SPS). –

Former German President Horst Kohler clearly defined its mandate as Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Western Sahara, and explained to the Security Council that he was trying to “find a path to the future of conflict that can lead to a solution that guarantees the self-determination of the Saharawi people.”

“My role in this process is not that of an referee who must judge who was right and who was wrong in the past. My mandate is to find a way for the future, a path that can lead to a mutually acceptable solution and which allows self-determination of the Saharawi people, “said Kohler in his first presentation on Western Sahara, according to Algerian agency APS.

Kohler, explained his vision of the peace process which he foresees to restart soon, and said that its objective was to restart direct negotiations between the two parties in the conflict in the course of 2018.

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