Cyprus Problem | Alexander Downer Says Goodbye

Cyprus Problem | Alexander Downer Says Goodbye Cyprus Problem – Alexander Downer Says Goodbye

Afrika newspaper (16.01.14) reports that after 5 years, UN Secretary-General’s special adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer is moving on to a different role and that the current visit of Downer to the island is his “farewell visit”. Not surprisingly, one source quoted him as saying that “Cyprus has been the most difficult problem I have dealt with”. It is rumoured that Downer will be appointed as the Australian government. It is not known whether a new special adviser of the UN Secretary-General for Cyprus will be appointed as the High Commissioner to London and there some doubts about who will follow him as special adviser to Cyprus.

Kibris newspaper (16.01.14) reports that Alexander Downer’s contract ends this month, and he is not seeking its renewal. Various reasons are given for this but the most likely is the offer of the high profile High Commissioner post in the UK rather than as a response to any criticism from the south concerning his ‘bias’ towards the north.

Now, call me suspicious, but do you think the south’s stalling tactics might have been to stop the talks concluding before Alexander Downer’s contract ended? Perhaps they are hoping that without a UN Secretary-General’s special adviser for Cyprus present then the talks can be delayed even longer. Are the UN stupid enough to fall for this? Answers on a postcard.

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