Keeping the peace

October 16, 2020 | Our Director of University Advising, Mr. Robin Barton, spoke to Form VI Contemporary World students about his experience working as a peacekeeper today.
Peacekeepers hold an important role within the United Nations and can be called upon to "protect civilians and UN personnel, provide security across a conflict zone, and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed." As a 'Blue Beret', Mr. Barton monitored the Green Line (also known as the United Nations Buffer Zone) between Greek and Turkish military on the island of Cyprus. Cyprus is a small Mediterranean island south of Turkey and southeast of Greece that has been historically fraught with conflict between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. Since 1964, Canada has sent over 25,000 Canadian Armed Forces members to serve in peacekeeping operations there making it one of Canada's longest and best known military commitments. Today, Mr. Barton spoke about his time in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and shared anecdotes from his four months serving as a peacekeeper in Cyprus in the 80's. "Students have been learning about the United Nations and working on projects pertaining to peacekeeping missions around the world," Mr. White explained. "This was the perfect opportunity for them to learn about conflict intervention firsthand."

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your experience with our students today Mr. Barton, and thank you for your service!

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