After a series of rumors that ran on Wednesday, May 22, in the corridors of Manhattan Tower, the UN secretary-general’s envoy in charge of the Sahara conflict, Horst Köhler, has officially resigned due to “health conditions”.
According to US news agency “Associated Press, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to Kohler and expressed deep regret at the resignation, “but said he fully understood the decision and extended his best wishes to the personal envoy.”
Dujarric Gave No Details on the Health Situation of Kohler 76.
+ Morocco received the news with deep regret +
In its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Wednesday evening in Rabat that “The Kingdom of Morocco takes note with regret of the resignation of UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Moroccan Sahara, Mr. Horst KÖHLER.”
“The Kingdom of Morocco shall pay tribute to Mr. Horst KÖHLER, for the efforts he has made since his appointment in August 2017. Morocco also praises the consistency, the availability and the professionalism with which Mr. KÖHLER fulfilled his duties “, the statement said.
“The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General to resolve the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara,” said the Ministry.
“Morocco remains committed to achieving a realistic, pragmatic and durable, compromise-based political solution under an Autonomic Initiative,” the source added.
Köhler was appointed in August 2017 by Guterres as a personal envoy for the Sahara, to succeed Christopher Ross.
Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler also served as President of the EBRD and later as Managing Director of the IMF.