Six Decades in the Service of Peace: Austria Celebrates 60 Years of UNFICYP Deployment in Cyprus

PeopleOther ♦ Published: March 10, 2024; 17:05 ♦ (Vindobona)

Austria's involvement in the "United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus" (UNFICYP) marks an important anniversary this year: the Alpine Republic has been supporting the peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus for sixty years. A look back at the beginnings in April 1964 shows the deployment of a field hospital with 55 men following the unanimous adoption of Resolution 186 by the UN Security Council in March of the same year.

The Austrian delegation on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN mission. / Picture: © Bundesheer/UNFICYP

This year's anniversary was commemorated with a series of ceremonies and commemorative events attended by delegations from the 43 nations that have contributed troops over the years. A highlight of these celebrations was the "Medal Parade" in the "United Nations Protected Area", at which the current and former soldiers stationed in Cyprus were honored for their service. Austria was…