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 Affairs provides backstopping support and guidance to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, who was appointed August 2014. Mr. Eide succeeded Mr. Alexander Downer to facilitate the intensive negotiations that resumed in September 2008 between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders.
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.