Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus

Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General briefs the press, Palais des Nations, Geneva. 13 January 2017. UN Photo / Violaine Martin

NEW YORK, 14 August 2017 – The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has officially requested to be released from his responsibilities as the Special Adviser in order to run in the upcoming legislative elections in his country, Norway.

The Secretary-General expresses his sincere gratitude to Mr. Eide for leading his good offices mission on the Cyprus issue in support of the bi-communal talks between the Greek-Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akıncı, in their efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement. Over the last 27 months, with steadfast dedication, commitment and creativity, Mr. Eide helped the two leaders make unprecedented progress towards reaching a viable and sustainable solution to the decades old dispute, bringing them closer than ever before to their shared vision of a united Cyprus.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General