British peacekeepers from Sector Two awarded for their service in Cyprus
On 1st September one hundred and two UNFICYP peacekeepers based in Sector Two were awarded medals for their contributions to peace in Cyprus. The medals were presented by the Force Commander, Major General Cheryl Pearce, at Ledra Palace where most of them are stationed.
Sector Two is located at the centre of the 180-kilometre buffer zone and covers around 30 kilometres, beginning at the east end of Mammari village and ending at the village of Kaimakli to the east of Nicosia. The Sector also covers the UN Protected Area – where Nicosia International Airport operated until 1974 – and UNFICYP headquarters.
Peacekeepers that has held responsibility for Sector Two since April 2020 are composed of Army Reservists from the United Kingdom: all men and women with full-time civilian jobs. They have volunteered to serve the cause of peace on the island and represent their country under the UN flag.
Major General Pearce expressed her gratitude and appreciation for their efforts and stated: “those awarded the medals have accomplished all the operational tasks with distinction. There is no doubt that the contributions of Sector Two have been very significant and of great value to our Mission”.