New Unficyp Chief arrives in Cyprus

Colin Stewart, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (SRSG) and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces (Unficyp) in Cyprus, arrived on the island on Monday on behalf of Elizabeth. Spehar..

Like his predecessor, Stewart, a Canadian diplomat from 1990 to 1997, is empowered to act as Deputy Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Cyprus.

In his comments on arrival, Stewart said he was honored. I’m in CyprusIn honor of Spehar, “In honor of her solid leadership in the mission of Unficyp and Good Offices.

“I am keenly aware of the importance of Unficyp’s mission to the lives of all Cyprus and look forward to working with all of you in Cyprus and our partners,” he said.

“I look forward to continuing the work of the United Nations in Cyprus, building strong partnerships with all stakeholders, learning from them, and working together to bring lasting peace to the island. I hope we can do it, “added Stewart.

Until recently, Stewart was Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), but has a long record of leadership, diplomacy and effective management. Over 28 years of experience in peace and security and international affairs.

Prior to MINURSO, he was Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of the United Nations African Union (UNOAU) in Addis Ababa and was appointed in several field missions by the United Nations. United Nations Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT) (2007-2009).

Stewart includes President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cyprus leader Ersin Tatar, and Other officials, Civil society representatives, and diplomats in the coming weeks.

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