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More UN troops in Cyprus?

Postby ExNicosia » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:38 pm

If the Israelis get the area south of the Latani R, and the UN puts together a multi-national force of troops to control that area as a buffer zone, would those troops fly direct to Lebanon or stage first in Cyprus? Are there facilities that could be used for this purpose? It seems that the U.S. and France are talking together about this now with maybe France being the main? supplier of troops. Seems like it could be a solution to the fighting and destruction going on. If it comes to pass it would probably have to be a very long time solution as I don't see either side agreeing to much else.

I remember during the Suez War that France had Tymbou airport for the 10th Para Div that jumped into Suez. Think the airport had been closed since WWII and the Brits opened it up for them. Seeing those soldiers in the bars of Nicosia was an interesting sight. There was an American Marine guard at the Consulate General that was from Louisiana. He was a Cajun and they could understand his language. Most of them did not even know we had those folks in the States.
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Postby Alexis » Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:08 pm

If the Israelis get the area south of the Latani R, and the UN puts together a multi-national force of troops to control that area as a buffer zone, would those troops fly direct to Lebanon or stage first in Cyprus? Are there facilities that could be used for this purpose? It seems that the U.S. and France are talking together about this now with maybe France being the main? supplier of troops. Seems like it could be a solution to the fighting and destruction going on. If it comes to pass it would probably have to be a very long time solution as I don't see either side agreeing to much else.


I guess it's conceivable that the British might invite some of these troops to use their bases as a jumping-off point. I would say that this is probably unlikely unless it proves important for a neutral jumping-off point to be made available. The Cypriot public would probably be against any such idea due to their need for Cyprus to appear as 'neutral' as possible, although if the troops being used were purely UN I'm guessing it won't be such big issue.
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Postby Sotos » Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:06 am

Lebanon should send their own troops in that area I think. And Israel pull out!
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