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Morocco reacts to Horst Köhler’s resignation

The Kingdom of Morocco has taken note, “with regret”, of the resignation of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Moroccan Sahara, Mr. Horst Köhler, indicates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement. The Kingdom of Morocco pays tribute to Mr Horst Köhler for his efforts since his appointment in August 2017, praising the consistency, availability and professionalism with which Mr Köhler has fulfilled his duties, according to the same source.

The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its support for the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to settle the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

The Kingdom remains committed to achieving a realistic, pragmatic and durable, compromise-based political solution under the Autonomy Initiative, the statement said.

Recall that the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, resigned from his post on Wednesday for “health reasons,” the UN announced.

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) before being appointed President of the German Association of the deposit fund (1993).

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