The UNSG’s personal envoy apparently held a meeting with Bourita in Paris before meeting a Polisario delegation last week in Berlin.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has reportedly met with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler in Paris.
Several news outlets quoted diplomatic sources confirming the rumored meeting took place February 27-28.
Moroccan analyst Abdelfattah El Fatihi told Morocco World News that information about the meeting is scarce because Kohler called for it to be confidential.
The Polisario Front, however, shared news about its meeting with Kohler in Berlin last week.
El Fatihi said that Polisario’s move is a sign that the front senses that it has become a secondary party in the regional conflict.
“The Polisario Front is starting to show its legal aspect by announcing the meeting with Kohler in Berlin as well as [to influence] public opinion in the camps, whose population is losing confidence in the front’s ability to achieve ‘independence.’”
Several Algerian news outlets rumored about a secret meeting between Kohler and Algeria’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel on March 2.
Delegations from Morocco and Algeria met in a roundtable in Geneva December 5-6, 2018, for consultations before potential negotiations led by the UN to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution.
The roundtable also involved Mauritania and the Polisario Front.
The UNSG’s personal envoy has also invited the parties to another roundtable, which will take place March 21-22 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The date, however, has not been confirmed yet.