From Cold War to Present Day


The Congo and Cyprus Emergencies

A Canadian 'Blue Beret', circa 1975

Caption: A Canadian 'Blue Beret', circa 1975

View Multimedia - Peacekeeping Operations

Caption: View Multimedia - Peacekeeping Operations

These would not be Canada's only substantial U.N. commitments. Between 1960 and 1964, for example, more than 400 Canadians served, mainly as signalmen, in the mission to restore and maintain law and order in Congo (Zaire), which required a total of over 20,000 U.N. representatives. In Cyprus, Canada intervened between Turkish and Greek Cypriots from April 1964 to June 1993, with 58 different contingents totalling tens of thousands of men and women, a number of whom served in Cyprus more than once. Since 1993, Canada has maintained only a very small number of service members (one or two at a time) in the headquarters of this international interposition force.

Additional Images

Canadian observers, U.N. Operation in the Congo (ONUC), 1961
Canadians serving with U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), 1965