Canadian Peacekeepers go to Cyprus
In 1964, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution placing a peacekeeping force on the island of Cyprus, as a means of diffusing tensions that had built up between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities after the island had declared its independence from Britain. Canada was one of the first countries to go to Cyprus (with Denmark, Finland and Ireland), and until 1993 it maintained a battalion-size contingent on the island. It is one of Canada’s longest-running overseas military missions.
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