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Corporal, Canadian Forces, United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), circa 1975

Type: Image

This reconstruction by Ron Volstad shows a Canadian 'Blue Beret' serving with the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Cyprus, circa 1975. (Canadian Department of National Defence)

Site: National Defence

The Congo and Cyprus Emergencies

Type: Document

The early sixties would see Canadians deployed in smaller numbers, and in new roles, on United Nations missions. Canadians were deployed as communications specialists in the Congo, because they spoke both English and French. Troops were also sent as peacekeepers to Cyprus, and remained in that role for almost 30 years.

Site: National Defence

Preliminary Report concerning the Availability of Material relating to the dispatch of Canadian Troops to Cyprus, 1964

Type: Document

On December 21, 1963, Turkish Cypriots fired on Greek Cypriot policemen in Nicosia, and the fighting in the next few days became serious, both in Nicosia and other parts Cypress. On February 16, 1964, the British Foreign Secretary, on a flying visit to Canada with British Prime Minister Douglas-Home, hinted that Canada might be called upon to contribute to a Commonwealth Force. Three days later, in the House of Commons, Douglas-Home outlined the conditions which would have to be met before he would commit Canadians to an international force.

Site: National Defence

Van Doos: Keeping the peace in Cyprus

Type: Film and Video

After three years of United Nations standby, the Van Doos are suddenly airlifted to Cyprus, a powerkeg of Greek and Turkish hostilities.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1st Battalion, The Canadian Guards, Cyprus, 1965

Type: Image

Canadians serving with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) are seen at a UN Observation Post. (Canadian Department of National Defence, ZK-2049)

Site: National Defence