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SG Envoy Eide leaves his post to pursue a political career, UN announces

SG Envoy Eide leaves his post to pursue a political career, UN announces
Norwegian diplomat Espen Barth Eide has confirmed his resignation as the UN's special envoy on Cyprus.

He tweeted on Monday that his resignation was official. Eide will now run as a parliamentary candidate for Norway’s Labour Party in September’s general election.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement Eide had encouraged Cypriot leaders, "bringing them closer than ever before to their shared vision of a united Cyprus".

The envoy had served for the last 27 months "with steadfast dedication, commitment and creativity," Guterres said.

"Eide helped the two leaders make unprecedented progress towards reaching a viable and sustainable solution to the decades-old dispute," he added.

Eide, on Aug. 3, visited Greek-Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, before leaving the island.

He later tweeted about his “fond memories” of Cyprus and his hope to return one day “to a united island”./IBNA

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