Ross tours the region
The recently appointed special envoy of the UN secretary general*, Christopher Ross, has arrived in Rabat for talks over the Western Sahara issue. Ross was originally selected for the job in September, but it took several months to make it official, after Morocco for unexplained reasons obstructed his appointment. Rabat eventually gave up and signed the dotted line in January, whatever that may mean.
It is his first trip to see the parties to the conflict, and he impressed early on by speaking to Aljazeera TV in fluent Arabic — although what he said was “no comments”. For some reason, that feels illustrative of the whole Western Sahara issue.
*) I believe the official abbreviation is SESGUNWS, which is still one letter shorter than POLISARIO.