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Date of posting : August 12, 2018

Horst Köhler, Security Council Members Satisfied with his Visit to Moroccan Sahara

UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, briefed the Security Council on Wednesday about his recent visit to the region and on the various contacts he made, particularly in the Moroccan Sahara, according to diplomatic sources in New York.

In this regard, Köhler expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by Morocco to ensure the success of this visit, during which he met, in complete freedom, all the interlocutors he had wished.

The Personal Envoy also said that he had met with the Presidents of the two regions of the Sahara as well as elected officials, Chioukhs and local dignitaries who have all expressed their support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative.

Several members of the Security Council also welcomed the conduct of this visit, which allowed the Personal Envoy to witness first-hand the progress and development achieved in the Moroccan Sahara.

It should be recalled that the officials of the region whom the Personal Envoy met were elected following the regional elections of September 4, 2015, and the legislative elections of October 7, 2016, which were considered democratic by thousands of national and international observers.

The Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council in 2016 and 2017 confirmed that the elections were conducted without incident and in a calm atmosphere.
10/08/2018