Cyprus – United Nations - Appointment of Elizabeth Spehar as the UN Secretary-General’s special representative (March 30, 2016)

France welcomes Elizabeth Spehar’s appointment as the UN secretary-general’s special representative and head of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

We are delighted to work with Ms. Spehar, who brings to UNFICYP her experience working in the UN political affairs section and her knowledge of Cyprus, where she served as interim special representative in 2008. We applaud the work and dedication of her predecessor, Ms. Buttenheim, over the past six years.

France reaffirms its support for the positive climate of the negotiations conducted under the leadership of the UN secretary-general’s special advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. The island’s reunification would send a tremendous message of hope to both communities, to the EU, and to the entire region.