UN denies reports of De Mistura’s resignation as special envoy for Sahara

Staffan de Mistura’s intention to retire from his position as special representative for the Western Sahara was denied by the United Nations on Monday.

De Mistura “has no plans to resign,” according to Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres.

De Mistura “plans to maintain and intensify engagements with all concerned and broader international supporters in a variety of formats, including regional visits and bilateral opportunities,” according to Dujarric.

As recently demonstrated in his meetings in New York, the special envoy “appreciates the support of the members of the Security Council, as well as the Group of Friends for Western Sahara.

In May 2017, De Mistura was chosen to serve as the UN’s special representative for the Western Sahara. He is in charge of mediating a settlement to the long-running dispute between Morocco and the Polisario Front.

Morocco, the Polisario Front, Mauritania, and Algeria have all been urged by the UN Security Council to pick up their negotiations. The Security Council renewed de Mistura’s appointment for one additional year in December 2021.

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