Morocco takes note, with regret, of the resignation of UNSG Personal Envoy for the Western Sahara Horst Köhler.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to Köhler today who informed him of his decision to step down from his role for health reasons.
The Secretary-General deeply regretted the resignation but said he “fully understood the decision and extended his best wishes to the Personal Envoy,” he added.
The Secretary-General expressed his profound gratitude to Köhler for his steadfast and intensive efforts which laid the foundation for the new momentum in the political process on the question of Sahara.
The Secretary-General is also grateful to the parties and the neighboring states for their engagement with Köhler in the political process, said the same source.
Kohler leaves the job less than two years after UNSG appointed him in August 2017 his personal envoy for the Western Sahara.
Morocco takes notes with “regret”
Morocco has taken note, with “regret,” of the resignation of UNSG Personal Envoy for the Moroccan Sahara Horst Köhler, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Morocco pays tribute to Horst Köhler for the efforts he made since his appointment in August 2017, lauding the “constancy, availability and professionalism with which Köhler has fulfilled his duties,” according to the same source.
Morocco reiterated “its support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to settle the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.”
Rabat renewed its commitment to achieving a “realistic, pragmatic and durable political solution, based on compromise, within the framework of the Autonomy Initiative.”