UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN CYPRUS (UNFICYP)

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Australia: May 1964 to June 2017.

Strength: A total of 111 contingents involving more than 1600 officers from all states and territories served with UNFICYP.

Area of Operations (AO): Cyprus.

Purpose: UNFICYP is the world's longest-running peacekeeping mission, and is focused on building and maintaining stability between the north and south of Cyprus. The Force was established in March 1964 in an attempt to prevent the recurrence of fighting between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions. Since the hostilities of 1974, the mandate has included supervising the cease-fire and maintaining a buffer zone between the lines of the Cyprus National Guard and of the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces to prevent further fighting between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the island.

AFP: The AFP provided 15 officers on yearly rotation (later 6 month tours) to the 20-nation force which serves in policing, military and civilian roles. The policing contingent oversaw law enforcement within the buffer zone between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. AFP officers also supported the civil affairs branch of the mission to deliver humanitarian services and assist the military branch maintain the integrity of the buffer zone.

Comments: From 1964 to 1976 all Australian Police Forces contributed volunteer personnel to the UN Force in Cyprus. From 1976 the Commonwealth Police took over the role until 1979 when the duty passed to the newly created AFP.

Died: 3 - Sergeant Llewellyn Thomas, from South Australia Police, was involved in a car accident near Limassol and succumbed to his injuries on 26 July 1969. Inspector Patrick Hackett, from the NSW Police Force, was killed in a car accident near Stroumbi on 29 August 1971. Sergeant Ian Ward, also from the NSW Police Force, was killed on 12 November 1974, when the vehicle he was travelling in struck a landmine in the buffer zone between the north and south.

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Veteran Entitlement Act (VEA): NIL.

Service Type: Non-warlike.

Gazette: Unknown.

Awards & Qualifying Periods:
Police Overseas Service Medal UNFICYP Medal
POSM UNFICYP Medal