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Secretary-General appoints Staffan de Mistura (Italy) as Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

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Secretary-General appoints Staffan de Mistura (Italy) as Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

Mr. de Mistura brings more than 40 years of experience in diplomacy and political affairs.

NEW YORK, United States of America, October 6, 2021 / APO Group / –

United Nations SecretaryGeneral António Guterres today announced the appointment of Staffan de Mistura of Italy as Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.

He succeeds the German Horst Köhler, who completed his mission on 22 May 2019 and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his constant and intensive efforts which have laid the foundations for a new impetus in the political process on Western Sahara .

The new Personal Envoy will provide his good offices on behalf of the Secretary General. It will work with all relevant interlocutors, including parties, neighboring countries and other stakeholders, guided by Security Council resolution 2548 (2020) and other relevant resolutions.

Mr. de Mistura brings more than 40 years of experience in diplomacy and political affairs. During his United Nations career, he served as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, offering his good offices to promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis. Previous appointments include the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Iraq, the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for South Lebanon and the Director of the United Nations Information Center in Rome. He has also served the Organization in various positions in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Vietnam and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, among others.

In addition to his service to the United Nations, he was appointed Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and subsequently Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Italy.

Mr. de Mistura speaks English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish, as well as (colloquial) Arabic.

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