Hon. Gordon O'Connor (Carleton—Mississippi Mills, CPC)
Mr. Speaker, for a newly independent nation the road to peace and stability is seldom smooth.
On March 4, 1964, the UN adopted a resolution calling for the deployment of peacekeeping forces to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Canada's peacekeepers used diplomatic as well as soldiering skills to maintain a fragile balance between opposing forces.
In all, 28 Canadian peacekeepers would pay the ultimate price between 1964 and 1993, and more than 25,000 Canadians have served in Cyprus since that first battalion of brave soldiers arrived 50 years ago this month.
As Canadians, we have charged ourselves with a solemn and never-ending mission to keep the memory of Canada's veterans above the tide of time.
Lest we forget.
Topic: Statements By Members
Subtopic: Canadian Peacekeepers