France hopes that De Mistura’s appointment will serve to resume dialogue on Western Sahara

The French government this Thursday welcomed the appointment of the veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the United Nations Special Envoy to Western Sahara and trusts that this will mark the beginning of a “positive phase for the resumption of negotiations between the parties”.

Paris expects “a just, lasting and amicable solution” for the former Spanish colony and, through its Foreign Ministry, has confirmed the validity of the resolutions passed in the UN Security Council.

France hopes that De Mistura’s appointment will serve to resume dialogue on Western Sahara
France hopes that De Mistura’s appointment will serve to resume dialogue on Western Sahara

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, confirmed De Mistura as his personal envoy on Wednesday, ending an almost two and a half year vacuum in office. The French government supports the new head of the international mission (MINURSO), Alexander Ivanko, and wishes them every success.

The Moroccan executive and the Polisario Front had resumed the dialogue during the mandate of the former ambassador who resigned in May 2019, the former German Federal President Horst Köhler, who resigned in May 2019. the Polisario claims the right to self-determination.

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