New UN Special Representative to undertake duties end of the month, says Government Spokesman

The new UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Colin Stewart will undertake his post at the end of the month, Government Spokesman Marios Pelekanos told reporters on Friday.

A presidency press release notes that in statements to reporters, Pelekanos said that the Secretary-General went ahead with the appointment of Colin Steward to the post of Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

Stewart succeeds Elisabeth Spehar and is expected to undertake his duties by the end of the month when Spehar’s term is concluded, he added.

Stewart`s appointment comes following a meeting the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had with President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar in New York, on September 27.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. Numerous rounds of talks under UN auspices to reunite the island under a federal roof failed to yield results.

Source: Cyprus News Agency