UN Personal Envoy to visit Sahrawi refugee camps

Algiers, Oct 14, 2017 (SPS) - Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Western Sahara Horst Kohler will pay, on 18-19 October, a visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps, announced on Friday the ambassador of the Sahrawi Republic to Algiers.

It is Kohler’s first visit to the region since his appointment in September by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as his personal envoy for Western Sahara, replacing Christopher Ross.

Kohler has already expressed his intention to visit the region to relaunch the peace process, frozen for five years, because of Moroccan deadlocks.

The Polisario front’s representative to the United Nations Ahmed Boukhari reiterated last week in New York, at the 4th UN Commission for decolonization, the Sahrawi side’s firm commitment to cooperating with new envoy Horst Kohler, expected in the region to relaunch the UN process.

“Our position is consistent, clear and transparent. It is the position of the United Nations and the African Union concerning the issue of decolonisation, governed by the principle of self-determination,” he said. (SPS)

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