United States Ambassador to Cyprus

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Ambassador of the United States to Cyprus
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Incumbent
John Koenig

since August 17, 2012
Inaugural holder Fraser Wilkins
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation August 27, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Nicosia

This is a list of Ambassadors of the United States to Cyprus.

Until 1960 Cyprus had been a colony of the British Empire. On August 16, 1960 Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom. The United States recognized the new nation and established an embassy in Nicosia on August 16, 1960, with L. Douglas Heck as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cyprus have been continuous since that time.

One ambassador, Rodger P. Davies, was assassinated by a sniper while at his post in 1974.

The United States does not recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, proclaimed November 15, 1983 by Turkey.

The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus is located in Nicosia.

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Fraser Wilkins – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 27, 1960
    • Presented credentials: September 19, 1960
    • Terminated mission: Left post April 6, 1964
  • Taylor G. Belcher – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 1, 1964
    • Presented credentials: May 11, 1964
    • Terminated mission: Left post June 23, 1969
  • David H. Popper – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 27, 1969
    • Presented credentials: July 18, 1969
    • Terminated mission: Left post May 31, 1973
  • Robert J. McCloskey – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 24, 1973
    • Presented credentials: June 20, 1973
    • Terminated mission: Left post January 14, 1974
  • Rodger P. Davies – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 2, 1974
    • Presented credentials: July 10, 1974
    • Terminated mission: Assassinated at post on August 19, 1974
  • William R. Crawford, Jr. – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 23, 1974
    • Presented credentials: August 31, 1974
    • Terminated mission: Left post March 27, 1978
  • Galen L. Stone – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: March 2, 1978
    • Presented credentials: April 6, 1978
    • Terminated mission: Left post September 30, 1981
  • Raymond C. Ewing – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 28, 1981
    • Presented credentials: October 30, 1981
    • Terminated mission: Left post August 11, 1984
  • Richard Wood Boehm – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 13, 1984
    • Presented credentials: August 28, 1984
    • Terminated mission: Left post August 15, 1987
  • Bill K. Perrin[1] – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: April 1, 1988
    • Presented credentials: May 3, 1988
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 21, 1989

Note: The following officers served as chargés d’affaires ad interim: John U. Nix (July 1989–July 1990) and Carolyn Huggins (July 1990–November 1990).

  • Robert E. Lamb – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 30, 1990
    • Presented credentials: November 30, 1990
    • Terminated mission: Left post October 24, 1993
  • Richard A. Boucher – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 8, 1993
    • Presented credentials: November 22, 1993
    • Terminated mission: Left post June 12, 1996
  • Kenneth C. Brill – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 11, 1996
    • Presented credentials: July 11, 1996
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 25, 1999
  • Donald Keith Bandler – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 7, 1999
    • Presented credentials: August 23, 1999
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 18, 2002
  • Michael Klosson – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 8, 2002
    • Presented credentials: August 29, 2002
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 3, 2005
  • Ronald L. Schlicher – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 22, 2005
    • Presented credentials: December 20, 2005
    • Terminated mission: Unknown, probably c. August 2008
  • Frank C. Urbancic, Jr. – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 14, 2008
    • Presented credentials: September 9, 2008
    • Terminated mission: c. July 2011
  • John M. Koenig – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 2, 2012
    • Presented credentials: September 12, 2012

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Perrin was nominated for the second time by President Reagan on January 27, 1988, an earlier nomination not having been acted upon by the Senate.

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