The UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for moroccan Sahara is preparing for his first tour of the region. Unless there is a last minute change in his agenda, Staffan De Mistura is expected, from January 12 to 19, in Rabat, Algier and Nouakchott as well as in the Tindouf camps.
Since taking office on November 1, 2021, Staffan De Mistura has met with Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares and had a telephone conversation with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin. Two member countries of the “club of friends of moroccan Sahara”, alongside France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The mission of the UN envoy promises to be difficult. The main protagonists have indeed set conditions. The Polisario and Algeria have already indicated that the island will no longer take part in the “round table” formula, initiated by the former United Nations envoy, the German Horst Köhler. Morocco responded by demanding the presence of Algier in any negotiation process. “Without Algeria, there will be no dialogue,” the kingdom’s representative at the UN, Omar Hilale, warned in August.
De Mistura will have to find a compromise between its different positions, before proposing its roadmap.