644 Signal Troop (UNFICYP), Nicosia, Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus became an independent state on 16 August 1960, and a member of the United Nations one month later. The Constitution of the Republic was intended to balance the interests of both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities. Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom entered into a treaty to guarantee the basic provisions of the Constitution and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Cyprus.

The application of the provisions of the Constitution, however, encountered difficulties from the very beginning and led to a succession of constitutional crises. The accumulated tension between the two communities resulted in the outbreak of violence on the island on 21 December 1963.

On 15 February 1964, after all attempts to restore peace on the island had failed, the representatives of the United Kingdom and of Cyprus requested urgent action by the Security Council. On 4 March 1964, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 186 (1964), by which it recommended the establishment of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The Force became operationally established on 27 March 1964.

I served with the troop from March 1969 to September 1969, both at the HQ in Nicosia and at the rebroadcast station at Troodos.

These photo's were kindly supplied by Chris Turner.
Chris Turner The camp, opposite the old Nicosia Airport 644 Signal Troop UNFICYP 644 Signal Troop UNFICYP
644 Signal Troop UNFICYP 644 Signal Troop UNFICYP 644 Signal Troop UNFICYP 644 Signal Troop UNFICYP
Possibly Lara Beach St Hilarion Castle, Cyprus St Hilarion Castle, Cyprus
644 Signal Troop UNFICYP Kyrenia, Cyprus St Hilarion Castle, Cyprus
644 Signal Troop UNFICYP Salamis, Cyprus Salamis, Cyprus Salamis, Cyprus
Salamis, Cyprus Salamis, Cyprus Salamis, Cyprus Salamis, Cyprus
Episkopi, Cyprus Bellapais, Cyprus Bellapais, Cyprus 644 Signal Troop UNFICYP
644 Signal Troop UNFICYP UNFICYP Headquarters camp UNFICYP Headquarters camp UNFICYP Headquarters camp
644 Signal Troop UNFICYP UNFICYP The Mercury Club UNFICYP Comcen, Nicosia UNFICYP Troodos

 

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