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Staffan De Mistura new UN envoy to the Sahara

Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan De Mistura has been appointed to the vacant post of UN envoy for the Sahara, according to media sources.

The envoy has been accepted by both parties and has just been appointed to the post vacant since the resignation of Germany’s Horst Kohler in 2019.

Staffan De Mistura, a former member of the Italian government, has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to the service of the United Nations. He has held, among others, the positions of former Deputy Secretary General and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, former Personal Representative of the Secretary General for South Lebanon and former Director of the United Nations Information Center in Rome.

Polyglot, De Mistura speaks Swedish, Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic. The Italian-Swedish, who also holds the Italian title of Marquis, has worked in regions affected by conflict, including Somalia, the Middle East, the Balkans, Nepal and Afghanistan. “Under difficult conditions, he encouraged political dialogue, led reconstruction, development and humanitarian assistance efforts, and participated in the supervision of elections,” the UN writes about him.

As a reminder, Morocco gave its agreement on September 15 for the appointment of Staffan De Mistura. “Morocco’s agreement emanates from its permanent confidence and its constant support for the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to reach a political, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and compromise solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara”, had declared the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale.

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