Algeria asks Guterres to speed up appointment of SG envoy to Sahara
Baku, Oct. 25 (EFE) .- The interim president of Algeria, Abdelkader Bensalah, today called on the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to expedite the appointment of a new special envoy for Western Sahara.
“Algeria urges the UN Secretary General to accelerate the appointment of a new special envoy to continue (the work) based on previous achievements (…),” he said at the XVIII Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). .
Bensalah praised “the continued position of the NAM in supporting the rights of the Saharawis”, and urged the heads of State and Government present at the summit, which opened today in the Azerbaijani capital, to continue with this position.
“After the resignation of the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, Algeria, as a neighboring country and observer urges a peaceful solution and for achieving the right of self-determination to solve colonization problems in Africa and achieve stability” he added.
The previous personal envoy for Western Sahara of the UN Secretary General, the German Horst Köhler, presented his resignation last May and at this time there is still no one to replace him.
The members of the UN Security Council met on the 16th to discuss what to do in the face of the paralysis of the political process in Western Sahara, blocked since Köhler resigned for health reasons.
At the end of the month the fifteen countries have before them an opportunity to urge the Portuguese diplomat, because at the end of this month they must adopt a resolution on Western Sahara to extend the mandate of the Minurso, the UN mission in the area