Doc marks UNFICYP’s 60th anniversary

Soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force (UNFICYP) in ethnically divided Cyprus stand during a parade marking the 60th anniversary of the force's inception, inside the UN-controlled buffer zone that separates breakaway Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the internationally recognized south, on March 4.

"The problem, like every problem in Cyprus, is political," said Colin Stewart, special representative and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), referring to the recent halt to the UN's landmine neutralization efforts in the island's buffer zone.

Stewart's sentiments resonated throughout the screening of "60 Years UNFICYP," a documentary produced by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (RIK).

In RIK's inaugural outreach beyond Cyprus at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens on Tuesday, Gianna Iakovou, RIK's head of public relations, explained the documentary's aim of grounding the Cyprus issue in today's context and raising awareness among Greek audiences.

Spanning 50 minutes, the documentary pays homage to the UN's peacekeeping endeavors in Cyprus, initiated in 1964 with a tentative three-month mission. Through archival footage...

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