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Media release

30 April 2008

Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Cyprus

I have confirmed the appointment of Mr Evan Williams as Australia’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus. Mr Williams will replace Garth Hunt who has been High Commissioner since April 2004. He is expected to take up his appointment in June 2008.

Australia and Cyprus share a strong relationship based on enduring community links, shared democratic values and our active membership of the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

Australia is a longstanding supporter of the reunification of Cyprus and welcomes renewed efforts towards a settlement to the Cyprus dispute. Australia warmly welcomes the commitment by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to initiate full-fledged negotiations towards a comprehensive solution and their swift actions in opening the Ledra Street crossing Australia encourages both parties to maintain this dialogue and to maximise this opportunity for a just and lasting solution.

Australia will continue to support international efforts towards a solution to the dispute including by its ongoing contribution of civilian police to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Mr Evan Williams is a career officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Director in the Post Security Task Force. Mr Williams has served overseas as Consul-General and Counsellor in London (1998-2002), Consul-General and Counsellor in Manila (1994-96) and Consul-General and Counsellor in Jakarta (1989-92). He has also served in Shanghai, Dar-es-Salaam, Bonn and Tehran. Mr Williams was the Administrator of the Territory of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands from 2003 until 2005.

In Canberra, Mr Williams has held a range of positions:Director Consular Operations 2005-2007, Director in the Overseas Property Office (2002-03), Director Management Strategy and Coordination Unit (1997-98), Director in the Trade Negotiation Division (1993‑94) and Divisional Coordinator, Trade Negotiation Division (1992-93).

Educated at the Australian National University and the University of New England, Mr Williams holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Letters (M.Litt) degrees.

Mr Williams is married with two sons.

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