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Cyprus agrees to appointment of former Norwegian FM as UN Special Advisor (updated)

Nicosia has given its consent to the proposed appointment of former Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide as special advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday.

“The government of Cyprus has been informed and was sounded out by the UN Secretary General about his intention to appoint as his Special Advisor on the Cyprus issue former foreign minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide,” the spokesman said.

“President Nicos Anastasiades, having briefed the leaders of the parliamentary parties, has expressed through our Permanent Representative in New York the consent of the Republic of Cyprus.”

The Turkish Cypriot side had also given its consent, reports said.

The appointment has been pending since the resignation of Alexander Downer earlier this year from this post.

The latest round of UN-led peace talks began in February this year, following an agreement between Anastasiades and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Dervis Eroglu.

In the past few months, the UN Chief of Mission and UN Secretary General`s Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim has been filling in as special envoy.

Eide served as Norway’s defence minister from November 2011 to September 2012, and then as foreign minister until October 2013.

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