For the past four decades, British troops have served as UN peacekeepers in Cyprus, patrolling the buffer zone that divides the island.

Soldiers from 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps are currently on Op Tosca and have just received their UN medals.

For four months these troops have worn the blue beret and patrolled one of the most sensitive corridors of land anywhere in the world.

Back in the UK, 7 Regiment are logistics specialists.

Made up of regulars and reserves, this has been a very different posting. Sgt Macr Norton says:

"It's a lot different to Afghanistan tours, a lot more sensitive ... I've got a lot of contact with both the Turkish and the Greek Cypriots, I'm on the phone a lot trying to keep the peace." 

This is a particularly crucial time for Cyprus. 

For the past year negotiators from both sides of the island have been holding intensive meetings, trying to find an agreement that will satisfy both communities and pave the way to for reunification. 

For some of these troops, this was their first operational medal and will be something to remind them of a unique posting - and the part they played as UN Peacekeepers in Europe’s only divided capital. 

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