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Special Adviser on Cyprus

Established: March 1964
Secretary-General António Guterres (centre), along with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (left) and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, briefing the media following their meeting in UN Headquarters in New York.
UN Secretary-General with Turkish Cypriot leader (left) and Greek Cypriot leader (right). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations works through the good offices of the Secretary-General to assist the sides in the search for a comprehensive and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus problem.


The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) provides backstopping support and guidance to the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus.


While efforts to reunify Cyprus continue, UN peacekeepers exert a stabilizing presence. A United Nations peacekeeping mission, UNFICYP, has been deployed on the Island since 1964.



Acting Head/Deputy Special Adviser: Elizabeth Spehar



National staff: 5

International staff: 16

Total: 21