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Promoted in Cyprus

A former Cypriot ambassador to the United States yesterday gained the post of foreign minister after the ruling coalition government fractured when Communist members resigned from the Cabinet last week.

Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, ambassador here from 1998 to 2003, returned to Cyprus to serve in the Foreign Affairs Ministry as director of the office that deals with the reunification of the ethnic Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot communities, divided since 1974.

Mrs. Kozakou-Marcoullis, a career diplomat for more than 25 years, was appointed ambassador to Jordan last year.

She was elevated to foreign minister after four members of the Progressive Party of Working People resigned from their Cabinet positions in the government of President Tasso Papadopoulos to support a Communist Party candidate in the February presidential election.

The Communists had been serving with Mr. Papadopoulos’ Democratic Party and the Movement of Social Democrats in a three-party coalition.

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