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date: 29 February 2020

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This article focuses on the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), a peacekeeping operation launched by the UN Security Council in April 1964 in response to ethnic violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots which followed an attempt by the Geeek Cypriot majority government to alter the national constitution in a way which would have reduced the power of the Turkish Cyrpiot minority. The article first explores the background to the civil conflict which triggered the peacekeeping intervention before outlining the mandate and responsibilities of UNFICYP. It then discusses the achievements and limitations of the mission, as well as the lessons that can be learned from its experience.

Keywords: peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, ethnic violence, Cypriots, civil war, Cyprus, United Nations

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