Soldier being granted his medal.
Army

Soldiers Receive Medals For UN Peacekeeping Mission

Personnel of the 4th Royal Artillery Regiment have received their medals for their role in Cyprus on Op Tosca.

Soldier being granted his medal.

The soldiers were given the medals during a ceremony in Thirsk (Picture: British Army).

Soldiers from the 4th Royal Artillery Regiment have received service medals for their work on Operation Tosca 30.

The operation is the British contribution to the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.

The mission is one of the longest of its kind and was established in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The soldiers returned to their home in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, following the end of a six-month deployment.

The Band of the Mercian Regiment performed as the Gunners marched onto the parade square.

Friends and families of the soldiers watched on as they were presented with their medals.

Although the fighting in Cyprus ended in 1974, no formal peace agreement has ever been signed.

British troops on Op Tosca help maintain the 112-mile-long buffer zone between the Greek and Turkish communities living on the island.

In May, then-Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced "new measures" to try and increase the number of British women on UN peacekeeping operations.

Ms Mordaunt announced that by 2028, women should make up at least 15% of the UK personnel on UN peacekeeping missions.

She also said that at least 6% of patrol personnel in Cyprus should be women.