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1960 – present

The peacekeeping operation in Cyprus, from 1964 to today, is one of Canada's longest and best-known overseas military commitments. A large Canadian contingent served on the island from 1964 to 1993, and a small Canadian Armed Forces presence remains there today as United Nations (UN) peace efforts continue.

In total, more than 25,000 Canadian Armed Forces members have served in Cyprus over the decades. Many of them served in Cyprus more than once, participating in several rotations.

Classroom materials

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Lesson plan: Ages 8-11

Humanitarian aid tree

This activity encourages students to develop awareness and an understanding of the difference between needs and wants.


16 August 1960

Cyprus gains independence from the United Kingdom

21 December 1963

Widespread violence erupts in Cyprus

4 March 1964

United Nations Peacekeeping force is sent to Cyprus

15 July 1974

A coup d'état from Greek Cypriots occurs

20 July 1974

Turkey invades and takes control of northern Cyprus

16 August 1974

Ceasefire is negotiated and the "Green Line" is established

15 June 1993

Large contingent of Canadian peacekeepers leaves Cyprus. A small Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) presence remains.

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