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Turkish Versus Greek Side

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Turkish Versus Greek Side

Most folks, you were not allowed to go from the Greek side of the island to the Turkish side. It was just not permitted, but being with the UN, we had that freedom to move. However, there were restrictions: you couldn’t move after certain hours, you couldn’t go on certain roads, there was only, you know, direct route from here point A to point B, but we got to go in Nicosia on the Turkish side and see some of their culture, if I could call it that. And I remember the first time going over there and it was much different from the Greek side. The Greek Army, the Greek Cypriot Army had old British Land Rovers and trucks and it was . . . the equipment, when you first saw it you thought you were like back in the 1920s. They were very old vehicles. And went over on the Turkish side, the Turkish Army had modern equipment and they were just a different culture, just a different culture altogether.

Mr. Halliday compares the cultural differences he observed amongst the Turkish and Greek people.

Dennis Halliday

Mr. Halliday was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, and raised in a family with nine children. His father served in the Second World War. After the war, his family moved to Montréal, Quebec, where he attended school. During his high school years, Mr. Halliday became a member of the Army Cadet Corp. In 1974, he joined the Canadian Forces and became a member of the United Nations Policing Company. During his military career, Mr. Halliday accepted a six-month deployment to Cyprus. After 12 years of military service, Mr. Halliday retired, moved to Belfast, Prince Edward Island, and became employed as a security officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Dennis Halliday
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Canadian Armed Forces
United Nations Military Police Company
Police Officer

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