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Foreign Minister Maas on Horst Köhler’s resignation as Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara

23.05.2019 - Press release

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (23 May) on Horst Köhler’s resignation as Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara:

I would like to express my sincere personal thanks and our deepest respect to Horst Köhler for his tireless commitment. After more than a decade of deadlock, he managed to bring all the parties around one table.

Horst Köhler has thus laid the foundations for a negotiation process which can result in a realistic, practicable and durable solution within the UN framework, allowing the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.

We will continue in this vein efforts and will also use our Security Council membership in 2019/20 to achieve this goal.

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