New UNFICYP Head of Mission in Cyprus assumes office

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The new UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission Operation on the island (UNFICYP), Michael Moller of Denmark assumed office on January 4.

Moller succeeds Polish national Zbigniew Wlosowicz.

Previously he was Acting Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General and Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

Moller began his UN career in 1979 with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

He joined the UN Secretariat in 1984 serving in a number of senior advisory positions including Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs (1997-2001) and Senior Political Adviser to the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva (1995-1997).

Moller has also served as Head of the UN Component in the Joint United Nations/Organization of American States International Civilian Mission to Haiti in 1993, Head of the Sub-Office for Southern Mexico UNHCR (1987-88), and Political Adviser to the UN Military Inspection Team in Iran in 1985.

Moller, 52, completed a Master’s course in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University, USA, and holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK.