The United Nations is still unable to appoint a new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara. Antonio Guterres will have to satisfy both Morocco and Algeria, the main supporter of the Polisario Front, for his future Personal Envoy in the Saharan provinces. The United Nations has already proposed 13 names, but none has been able to reach a consensus among the parties.
Western Sahara has become a real headache for the United Nations, which is still unable to designate a new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. « We have made it clear that it is difficult to find an envoy accepted by all parties. We are continuing our efforts. There are still names emerging, and we will see what happens, » said the deputy spokesman for Antonio Guterres.
Farhan Haq also urged the parties to facilitate the work of the UN, so that « we can have someone on the ground who can help them, and we need cooperation » to appoint a successor to the German Horst Köhler, who had submitted his resignation in May 2019 for « health reasons.
On the other hand, Farhan Haq evaded a question about the candidates rejected by Morocco and the Polisario Front, led by Brahim Ghali. As a reminder, on July 2 in Madrid, Antonio Guterres had said that the UN had already proposed 13 names. « So far, we have not obtained the consensus of the parties, » he lamented.