UN W.Sahara envoy arrives in Morocco on first regional tour

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The UN said its new envoy for the disputed Western Sahara arrived in Rabat on Wednesday on the first stop of a tour that will also take him to Morocco’s regional rival Algeria. Staffan de Mistura, a veteran Italian diplomat, “began his first visit to the region and landed in Rabat today,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York. He will meet Moroccan officials in Rabat, and then Polisario officials in Tindouf, Algeria, an area housing Sahrawi refugees, Dujarric told a daily press conference. Algeria backs the independence-seeking Polisario Front and in August broke off rela…

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