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Horst Köhler, UN envoy for the Sahara, resigns

The UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, resigned from his post on Wednesday for “health reasons,” the UN said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “met today with Horst Köhler, who informed him of his decision to resign from his post for health reasons,” Guterres spokesman said in a statement.

Guterres “deeply regretted the resignation, but said he fully understood this decision and expressed his best wishes to the Personal Envoy,” he added.

He also expressed “his deep gratitude to Köhler for his constant and intensive efforts, which laid the foundation for the new momentum of the political process on the Sahara issue”.

The UN Secretary General also said he was “grateful” to the parties for their “engagement” with Köhler in the political process, the source said.

Appointed on August 16, 2017 at the UN, Köhler was President of the Federal Republic of Germany (2004-2010), Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington (2000-2004) and President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London (1998-2000). Köhler was also Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Finance (1990-1993).

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