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Buttenheim leaves Cyprus for new UN role

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Lisa M. Buttenheim of the United States as Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, Department of Field Support.
 31 March, 2016

Buttenheim is currently Ban’s special representative and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), where she has been serving since 2010, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric at the daily briefing.

Throughout this period she concurrently served as the Deputy Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, said Dujarric.

“The Secretary-General is grateful to Hubert Price of the United States whom he has appointed Acting Assistant Secretary-General until Ms. Buttenheim’s arrival,” said Dujarric.

Buttenheim has more than 30 years of extensive experience with the United Nations in political affairs and peacekeeping, both at the headquarters and in field operations, said the spokesman.

She held numerous senior-level positions, including Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division and Director of the Asia and Pacific Division in the Department of Political Affairs (2008-2010) and Director of the Asia and Middle East Division in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (2004-2007).

Also on Wednesday, Ban announced the appointment of Elizabeth Spehar of Canada as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Spehar will also perform the function of Deputy to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus.

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