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SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS TAYÉ-BROOK ZERIHOUN OF ETHIOPIA AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF SECRETARY GENERAL IN CYPRUS
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). He will replace Michael Moller.
Mr. Zerihoun is currently the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and has been serving in that capacity since 1 August 2004. He was the Acting Special Representative of UNMIS from October 2006 until October 2007. He has been serving also as Chief United Nations Mediator for the Darfur Peace Talks since October 2007, in support of the efforts of Special Envoy Jan Eliasson.
Immediately before his appointment to UNMIS, Mr. Zerihoun was Chairman of the Interdepartmental Task Force for the Sudan established to integrate the efforts of the United Nations system in support of peace in the Sudan and to help develop a forward looking strategy for an effective United Nations role in support of the implementation of a comprehensive peace agreement in the country.
Since he joined the United Nations in March 1981, Mr. Zerihoun has worked on special political questions in New York, in different capacities and areas: decolonization, trusteeship, conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping. Between 1995 and 2003, he served initially as Deputy and then Director of the Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs, with responsibility for the countries of the Horn of Africa, Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions, as well as regional organizations including the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Mr. Zerihoun completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in New York, and holds a master of philosophy degree in comparative politics from Columbia University.
Mr. Zerihoun was born on 13 December 1942. He is married and has four children.
Experienced UN official appointed to senior political post at world body
28 April 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who currently heads the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, to a senior political post at the world body’s Secretariat in New York, it was announced today.
Mr. Zerihoun, of Ethiopia, will replace Haile Menkerios – who is serving for the next year as the top UN official in Sudan – as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
Since April 2008, Mr. Zerihoun has served as Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Cyprus and the head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
Set up in March 1964 following the outbreak of violence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the Mediterranean island, the mission is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order.
Prior to taking up his post in Cyprus, Mr. Zerihoun, 67, served as the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and was the Acting Special Representative from October 2006 to October 2007.
He has also acted for a time as a UN mediator as part of the world body’s efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged Darfur region of western Sudan.
Since joining the UN in 1981, Mr. Zerihoun has gained a wealth of experience and administrative skills from his numerous assignments with the world body, where he has worked on issues including decolonization, conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Congra Ato Taye. We are proud of you. We wish you success in your dealing. May God give you more wisdom. Good luck and all the best.
c’mon man retire already…67…enjoy the fruits of your labor for the remaining golden years.
Great job. A long, happy and prosperous life to you, sir.
can you amend the damage Butoros butros gali of Egypt did to ethiopia by land locking her? just curious
Wish you success sir in your new high post.
Well done, Ato Taye. We, Ethiopians are proud of you.
Inspiring man, keep up the good work. Hopefully we will follow your foot step.
Dear Ato Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, before congratulating you for the post you are assigned, I would like to ask the following:
What could Ethiopians learn from CYPRUS?
On 15 July 1974 the ruling military junta of Greece staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Government of Cyprus.
On 20 July Turkey, using the coup as a pretext, invaded Cyprus, purportedly to restore constitutional order. Instead, it seized 35% of the territory of Cyprus in the north, an act universally condemned as a gross infringement of international law and the UN Charter. Turkey, only 75 km away, had repeatedly claimed, for decades before the invasion and frequently afterwards, that Cyprus was of vital strategic importance to it. Ankara has defied a host of UN resolutions demanding the withdrawal of its occupation troops from the island.
On 1 November 1974, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution 3212, the first of many resolutions calling for respect for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus and for the speedy withdrawal of all foreign troops.
The invasion and occupation has had disastrous consequences. About 142.000 Greek Cypriots living in the north – nearly one quarter of the population of Cyprus – were forcibly expelled from the occupied northern part of the island where they constituted 80% of the population. These people are still deprived of the right to return to their homes and properties. A further 20.000 Greek Cypriots enslaved in the occupied area were gradually forced through intimidation and denial of their basic human rights to abandon their homes. Today there are fewer than 600 enslaved persons (Greek Cypriots and Maronites).
While the whole World likes to endlessly and unjustly demonize Israel for its actions in the so-called “Palestinian” lands, Turkey has silently promoted a systematic demographic change of the occupied territory through the implantation of Anatolian (former Armenia) settlers from mainland Turkey. Since the invasion some 115.000 Turks from Turkey have been illegally imported in the occupied area. This large influx of settlers has negatively affected the living conditions of the Turkish Cypriots. Poverty and unemployment has forced over 55.000 to emigrate and they now make up only 11% of the native population.
35.000 Turkish soldiers equipped with the latest weapons and supported by the Turkish air force and navy, are still in the occupied area making it, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Report (December 1995), «one of the most densely militarized areas in the world».
The illegal regime in the occupied area has pursued a deliberate policy aimed at destroying and plundering the ancient cultural and historical heritage of the island, as part of a wider goal to ‘Turkify’ the island and erases all evidence of its Cypriot character. Abundant evidence gathered from foreign and Turkish Cypriot press, as well as evidence obtained from other authoritative sources (Jacques Deli bard’s UNESCO report); demonstrate the magnitude of the damage and destruction caused to the cultural heritage of Cyprus.
As a consequence of Turkey’s policy and illegal actions:
at least 55 churches have been converted into mosques
another 50 churches and monasteries have been converted into stables, stores, hostels, museums, or have been demolished
the cemeteries of at least 25 villages have been desecrated and destroyed
innumerable icons, religious artefacts and all kinds of archaeological treasures have been stolen and smuggled abroad
illegal excavations and smuggling of antiquities is openly taking place all the time with the involvement of the occupying forces
all Greek place names contrary to all historical and cultural reason were converted into Turkish ones.
You, dear Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, you have a wonderful opportunity to play a key role in bringing justice to the sufferings and humiliation of the Cypriot nation. Ethiopians are just people, and unlike the cowardice policies of former Secretary-General Koffi Anan, you should immediately make an effort to enhance the prospects for a settlement and safety of the security of all Cypriots, you should propose the total demilitarization of Cyprus; all of the 35,000 Turkish occupying forces should immediately withdraw from Cyprus, and the so-called Cyprus National Guard and the “Turkish Cypriot Armed Forces” should be disbanded.
I wish you all the best in your efforts,
Ethiopian Diplomat appointed to senior political post at world body.
Is He appointed to two different positions at the sametime? An eror
28 April 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who currently heads the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, to a senior political post at the world body’s Secretariat in New York, it was announced today
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP
The United Nation does not forget the contribution of Ethiopia to UN office foundation. Good Ethiopians are immodest and bigheaded not only to their nation and country but even to Africa.
Wish you good success Ato Taye,
He is appointed to Cyprus and it was announced in New York.
Mr. Zerihoun, you are the best. best wishes. you will do wonderful things for this world.
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