Alexander Downer, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus has announced that he is leaving his post.
Downer who took up his appointment in 2008 received the Secretary-General’s commendations for:
“The indispensable role played by my Special Adviser Mr Alexander Downer to this point, beginning from his appointment in September 2008”, Ban added that “that now that the joint communique has been achieved, he has decided to take up a new position and step down as my Special Adviser. I thank him sincerely for his perseverance and commitment over the past five and a half years, and wish him well in his future endeavours”.
The Secretary-General also commended both Cypriot presidents for their commitment to resume negotiations, and pledged the UN’s determination in the two communities to move on from decades of separation.
Ban said he warmly welcomes “the finalisation of a joint communiqué today and the formal re-launch by the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Derviş Eroğlu, of fully fledged negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.
“The United Nations will continue to support the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in their efforts to reunify the island and move on from decades of separation”, adding “I personally pledge our resolute commitment to these efforts”.