The United Nations works through the good offices of the Secretary-General to assist in the search for a comprehensive and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus problem.
The Department of Political Affairs provides staff support and guidance to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, who took up the post in August 2014. Mr. Eide succeeds Alexander Downer to facilitate the intensive negotiations that resumed in September 2008 between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders.
While diplomatic efforts to reunify Cyprus continue, UN peacekeepers exert a stabilizing presence. A United Nations peacekeeping mission, UNFICYP, has been stationed on the Island since 1964.