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Feltman will not assume post of the UNSG’s Special Adviser

Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs, will not assume the post of the UNSG`s Special Adviser for Cyprus, as successor to Alexander Downer, who is taking up the post of the Australian High Commissioner in London, the UN said.

Asked whether Feltman would assume the post of UNSG`s Special Adviser for Cyprus, following a statement made recently by the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu that Feltman would visit Cyprus, UN Secretary General Ban Ki – Moon`s Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that “Feltman continues to be Feltman. Lisa Buttenheim is, as I mentioned, the UN Acting Special Adviser. Whether he is going to Cyprus I can only ask”, Dujarric said.

According to reliable sources, Feltman has expressed his desire to visit Cyprus soon, but he is not expected to take up the post of the UNSG`s Special Adviser for Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu reached on February 11, 2014, an agreement, which led to the resumption of UN- backed peace talks, with a view to reunite the country under a federal roof. (CNA)

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