Blue Berets: What are they, curiosities and historical facts

The blue berets are part of the UN peacekeeping force , the United Nations. They gained more notoriety when the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus emerged, something like the United Nations Peace Force in Cyprus, whose purpose was to mediate the conflicts between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey.

As the name says, soldiers of this peace force wear a blue beret or helmet of this color that identifies them in the mission. Find out now what are the historical facts and curiosities that surround the UN peace group .

How did the blue berets come about?

The first peace missions were born in the 50s, but only in the 60s, the blue berets were adopted.

The year was 1963 and the Greek Cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot came into conflict on the island of Cyprus in Europe. Although they belonged to the same country, they began political disagreements as early as 1955, when Cyprus was still a colony of England.

The UN peacekeeping force adopted the blue berets in the 1960s

The Blue Berets are part of the UN peacekeeping force, the United Nations (Photo: depositphotos)

At the height of hostilities, the UN sent peacekeepers to the region in 1964 in an attempt to maintain a less hostile environment. As far as possible, the organization was able to hold on to the most violent actions even without peace among the patriots.

Ten years after this mission began, the blue berets faced a new problem: in 1974 there was a coup d’état on the Greek side with military intervention by the Turks who took part of the territory of Cyprus.

Once again UNFICYP, an acronym for the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus or Blue Berets, was able to broker conflicts and “oversaw the ceasefire lines; provided humanitarian assistance; and maintained a buffer zone between Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces in the north and Greek Cypriot forces in the south, “explains the official website of the mission.

See also: UN Security Council

Blue Berets Today

Currently, the conflict still exists and the situation is delicate on the island, so even the blue berets remain in the region. “The ceasefire lines increase more than 180 kilometers across the island. In the absence of a formal ceasefire agreement, 850 UNFICYP troops and more than 60 police officers deal with hundreds of incidents each year, “the official website said.

The soldiers intervene not only with military force, but also with humanitarian aid to the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish patriots. Blue berets also help to maintain agriculture and basic services such as electricity and water supply.

To maintain this work, the UNFICYP mission works together with four fronts: the military, the United Nations Police (UNPOL), the Department of Civil Affairs and Administration. There are 1,100 employees who have had 186 people since the start of the mission in 1964.

The organization sums up the situation in Cyprus: “Attempts to resolve the Cyprus conflict and reunify the island have so far not been successful, although relations between north and south have improved over the years. Among other things, this led to the opening of several points of passage in the buffer zone. “

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Where are the blue berets now?

Despite the blue berets gaining prominence in the area of ​​the island of Cyprus. They have already brokered conflicts all over the world . At present, 124 countries contribute about 122,000 UN peacekeepers in regions such as Haiti, Cyprus, Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Does Brazil participate in the peace missions of the United Nations?

The blue berets also have about 250 Brazilians . The first participation of Brazil in the organization was in 1956 in the Emergency Force of the United Nations, created to avoid conflicts between Israelis and Egyptians and put an end to the Crisis of Suez.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Federal Government, “Brazil assumed tasks of coordination and military command of important operations, as in Haiti [in 2004] and in Lebanon [2011], which brought prestige to the country’s foreign policy, increasing the Brazilian projection on the world stage. While the first one brought out our fundamental participation in achieving the political stability of that country (Haiti), the second one stands out because it has Brazil as the only UN naval force in the world. “

There have already been 50 participations with the sending of more than 50 thousand soldiers abroad . There are Brazilians in Cyprus, the Central African Republic, Western Sahara, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Sudan and South Sudan.

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The military is still preparing in our country in a specially created center for this. The Joint Center for Peace Operations of Brazil – Sérgio Vieira de Mello Center is located in Rio de Janeiro and mobilizes the national Armed Forces as a whole. You can find Brazilians with blue berets from the army, navy and aeronautics.

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