How to Sustain Momentum after the Resignation of Personal Envoy Horst Köhler

Following the unexpected resignation of Horst Köhler as the UNSG’s Personal Envoy for the Western Sahara on May 22, chances to advance the Western Sahara dossier in the coming year seem seriously diminished. However, other factors may keep the Americans pushing the parties forward.


Western Sahara: Replacing Mr. Kohler

Who would want the job? Still, I suppose someone has to do it.


The Three Scenarios after Horst Köhler’s Resignation

After serving for just 25 months as Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler quitted his UN job for “health reasons”. His resignation raises the possibility of three scenarios.


Köhler resignation could bring UN process in Sahara to square one

Two years after taking office, UN Special Envoy to the Sahara Horst Köhler submitted his resignation citing health reasons, a decision that analysts say could bring negotiations over the Sahara issue to square one.


Morocco Won’t Be Pressured to Hold Direct Negotiations With Polisario

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, submitted to the Security Council last week his report on the situation in Western Sahara.

Western Sahara: Anybody on the Same Page?


At the end of April, the Security Council surprised many observers by renewing the MINURSO mandate for only six months rather than a year, as had been the usual practice over the last decade.  That raised a number of questions: Why the change? What did it hope to accomplish?


Why Sahrawi refugees are denied the right of return?

 Sahrawi activist and Polisario critic Mustafa Salma has written a letter to the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Köhler during his visit in the region.

Sahara Negotiations: Redux or Moving Forward?

Horst Kohler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, recently announced his plan to hold talks with Morocco and the Algerian backed Polisario Front. Appointed August 16, 2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr.

Western Sahara: New Envoy, Same Old Problem

Former German President Horst Kohler has just made his first visit to the Maghreb as the UN Secretary General’s new Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.  We all wish Mr.

Messahel attack on Morocco is to undermine Horst Kohler visit

Moroccan diplomacy is convinced that the attacks on the Kingdom of Morocco by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel are directly related to UN efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara, which for more than four opposes to Rabat the pro-independence supporters of the Polisario Fron

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