Peacekeepers in Cyprus push for ‘safe and secure environment’ across ‘whole’ divided island

29 May 2019

Establishing goodwill between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, through activities that involve children, women and the elderly, ‘blue helmets’ with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) are working towards a “bi-zonal, bi-communal federated state”, to ensure a “future where the whole of the island can live in a safe and secure environment” says Force Commander, Major-General Cheryl Pearce.

The Mission was established in 1964 to prevent fighting between the two communities on the Mediterranean island, and in the absence of a political settlement, it continues to maintain ceasefire lines and a buffer zone.

Just ahead of the International Day of Peacekeepers marked on Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Pearce spoke to Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Australia.

Audio Credit:
Julia Dean, UNIC Canberra
Audio Duration:
9'30"

 

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