The issue of Western Sahara is very deep, so much so that everyone is proceeding with caution. While the post has been vacant for almost two years, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is still unable to appoint a Special Envoy for the North African territory, claimed by both Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) since 1976. The new name proposal was rejected by the Polisario, supported by Algeria.
Despite the efforts of the United Nations (UN), the conflict over Western Sahara is still far from finding a lasting solution. For nearly two years, following the resignation of German Horst Köhler, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres has still not appointed a Special Envoy for Western Sahara. The choice of the former Portuguese Foreign Minister, Luís Amado, is not unanimous.
According to diplomatic sources, the UN Secretary General has suffered a new setback in his quest for a Special Envoy for the management of the conflict in Western Sahara, as he was opposed to a categorical refusal by the Polisario to accept a Portuguese, reports AFP. « This is not the first candidate to be rejected by either party. It is the umpteenth, » a diplomat who requested anonymity told the newspaper.
He also added that several other people approached over the past two years « have also often failed to show up after asking for a period of reflection in the face of the particularly difficult management of a conflict that seems to have no end in sight. On the other hand, Luís Amado’s declarations, when he was head of Portuguese diplomacy, are said to be at the origin of the Polisario’s refusal to accept him as UN Special Envoy. The diplomat is accused of having displayed his support for Morocco, in 2017, while he was on an official visit to Rabat.
Beyond all these facts, his candidacy, which would have been encouraged and validated by Morocco, « was a good enough reason for the Saharawis to oppose him, » explains another diplomat. This refusal coincides with the persistence of the United States, which continues to put pressure on the UN, so that the institution sends, as soon as possible, an emissary for Western Sahara. In any case, a question arises: « Why does the UN still not have a special envoy for the Sahara?