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Cyprus High Commissioner ‘refused residence audit’

Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides has complained to the Foreign Ministry over the Cyprus High Commissioner to the UK’s alleged refusal to allow an auditor to examine his official residence.

According to Phileleftheros, a senior Audit Office of the Republic official travelled to London to evaluate the embassy but was put off when he tried to do the same for the High Commissioner’s official residence.

Responding to Michaelides’ complaint, the Foreign Ministry passed on High Commissioner Euripides Evriviades’ response which had been that he and his wife would be hosting a lunch and then attending official reception when the auditor had wanted to stop by.

Evriviades also said he was about to leave for a Head of Diplomatic Mission’s meeting in Cyprus, accompanied by his wife, and that their housekeeper was on overseas leave, leaving the house empty. The auditor’s check would have last three days, coinciding when he Commissioner and his wife would have been away, Evriviades noted.

“As the High Commissioner has clarified in a message on November 2, 2016, he did not forbid the Audit Office official’s visit, but there were difficulties connected to its being carried out, which he explained,” the ministry said.

The auditor had attempted to visit the High Commissioner’s official residence on July 25, 2016, also offering up the 26 and 27 of the month as alternatives for the start of his three-day audit.

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