We remember the Canadian Veterans who served in UN Peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus from 1960 to the present.


The peacekeeping operation in Cyprus, from 1964 to today, is one of Canada's longest and best-known overseas military commitments. A large Canadian contingent served on the island from 1964 to 1993, and a small Canadian Armed Forces presence remains there today as United Nations (UN) peace efforts continue. In total, more than 25,000 Canadian Armed Forces members have served in Cyprus over the decades. Many of them served in Cyprus more than once, participating in several rotations.


Canadian Veterans in Cyprus Peacekeeping Timeline


16 August 1960: Cyprus gains independence from the United Kingdom

21 December 1963: Widespread violence erupts in Cyprus

4 March 1964: United Nations Peacekeeping force is sent to Cyprus

15 July 1974: A coup d'état from Greek Cypriots occurs

20 July 1974: Turkey invades and takes control of northern Cyprus

16 August 1974: Ceasefire is negotiated and the "Green Line" is established

15 June 1993: Large contingent of Canadian peacekeepers leaves Cyprus. A small Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) presence remains.

(Source: Veterans Affairs Canada)


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