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Cabinet approves changes for Mavroyiannis to keep UN job

Andreas Mavroyiannis

The cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to allow the chief negotiator for the Cyprus problem talks to also carry out other duties.

The law amendment, filed by the foreign minister, aims at allowing negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis to also serve as Cyprus’ Permanent Representative at the UN, an official announcement said.

The government’s announcement last March that ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis would assume duties as Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN in New York but would remain as negotiator, was strongly criticised, mainly by Akel. The party argued that the law prohibited the negotiator from holding other duties and also questioned how Mavroyiannis would be able to perform his duties if reunification talks resumed.

The government at the time had said Mavroyiannis’ new appointment changed nothing as regards his duties as negotiator. He was appointed chief negotiator in 2013.  It had also said it would make the necessary legal changes.

The amendment is to be sent to parliament for approval.

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