Guterres dubs “essential” to revive peace process in Western Sahara

Madrid, 2 July 2021 (SPS) - The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres dubbed Friday “essential” to revive the peace process in Western Sahara, at standstill since 2019, pointing out that efforts are made by the UN Organization to appoint a special envoy.

“We are really making an effort so that we can finally have a special envoy to revive the peace process,” said Guterres in a joint press conference with the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the occasion of a visit to Madrid.

“It is absolutely essential to restart the process of a political dialogue on Western Sahara because the current situation isn’t sustainable and is a factor for instability” in the region, added Guterres, cited by the Spanish news agency EFE.

“We need to restart the political dialogue and it is essential that the two parties accept the envoy,” he insisted, adding “we had 13 candidates that were rejected by the parties.”

The post of UN special envoy to Western Sahara is vacant since the resignation in May 2019 of former German president Horst Kohler. (SPS)