UN confirms replacement of Western Sahara envoy

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that the mandate of its mediator in the Western Sahara dispute, the Dutch diplomat Peter van Walsum, was not renewed after it expired August 21.

A spokeswoman for UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that “the Secretary-General appreciates the work done by his personal envoy” and “remains committed to offering the parties in the region his good offices.”

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