UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP)


In the interest of international peace and security, the Mission was established in March 1964 to use its best efforts to prevent the recurrence of fighting between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions. Since the hostilities of 1974, the mandate has included supervising the cease-fire and maintaining a buffer zone between the lines of the Cyprus National Guard and of the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 30 days service between 27 March 1964 and 27 March 1965. However, after 27 March 1965, 90 days consecutive service is required.

The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.

The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter.

On the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

On the reverse, an inscription bearing the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The ribbon has three equal bars, one of white in the centre and two of UN blue at either end. The bars are separated by two narrow bands of dark blue symbolizing the Mediterranean Sea.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNYOM medal and before the UNIPOM medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

Historical notes

The following is a list of members who have died while serving in the theatre of operations:

  • Pte Archambault J.E.R.
  • Pte Berger J.J.C.
  • Pte Bernard J.P.E.
  • Tpr Campbell J.H.
  • Gdsm Chartier J.
  • Capt Crawford K.C.
  • Sgt Dupont J.R.A.
  • Lt Edmond K.E.
  • Pte Hall T.J.
  • Rfn Hoare P.J.
  • Cpl Isenor P.C.
  • Sgt Kloss D.L.
  • Pte Kohlman S.J.
  • Pte Krieger D.R.
  • Pte Lerue J.A.
  • MCpl Lessard J.R.M.J.P.
  • MCpl MacRae M.
  • MCpl McInnis J.D.G.
  • Tpr Nass L.W.
  • Capt Patten I.E.
  • Pte Perron J.L.G.
  • Pte Prins A.J.
  • Cpl Redmond O.J.
  • Cpl Roach A.
  • Cpl Salmon K.A.
  • Pte Trottier T.J.
  • Pte Wilson M.D.

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