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Royal Dragoon Guards Assume UN Peacekeeping Duties In Cyprus

A new battalion has arrived in Nicosia, Cyprus, to take over UN peacekeeping duties...

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A new battalion has arrived in Nicosia, Cyprus, to take over UN peacekeeping duties.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have taken over from 7 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps.

Since its establishment in 1964, the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Cyprus has been:

“In the interest of preserving international peace and security, to use its best efforts to prevent a recurrence of fighting

"And, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions.”

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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 were previously responsible for patrolling one of the most sensitive corridors of land anywhere in the world.

And according to those in charge, it was a very difficult deployment; Sgt Macr Norton said:

"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." 

The current number of military peacekeepers in Cyprus is 862 - a significant part of which is made up of British troops.

The Force initially consisted of military contingents from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, totalling about 6,000 individuals.

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And although it's much smaller now, a number of countries still contribute troops, including Argentina, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Slovakia, and the United Kingdom.

There are also military representatives from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Norway, Paraguay, Republic of Serbia and the Ukraine.

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Pictures courtesy of UNFICYP/Daniel Dobrovsky