MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA88

5 August 1997

DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

 

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Howard Brown as Australian High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus.

Mr Brown will replace Mr John Sullivan, who has been High Commissioner since January 1995.

Australia enjoys warm and friendly relations with the Republic of Cyprus. The Cypriot community, the second largest outside Cyprus itself, has been an important contributor to our multicultural society. Both countries are members of the Commonwealth and share traditions of democracy and the law. Australia has contributed police to the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) since 1964. Currently, Australia contributes 20 civilian police to UNFICYP.

Australia has consistently supported international efforts to find a negotiated settlement to the Cyprus problem. Mr Brown's appointment comes at a significant time, with the resumption, after a lapse of some years, of face-to-face talks between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The Australian Government welcomes these talks. The Government has affirmed Australia's readiness to support international efforts to reach a peaceful settlement.

Mr Brown is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1969 and has served in Tokyo, Ankara, Dhaka, Bonn, Tehran, Port Moresby and Nuku-Alofa. In Canberra Mr Brown worked in the Japan Section from 1975 to 1976 and the Transport and Commodities Section from 1981 to 1984. Mr Brown is currently the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Mr Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Queensland. He was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1944.

Mr Brown is expected to take up his appointment in December 1997.