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                                                                                                               For the first time since 1974, both communities are
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                                                                United Nations Force in Cyprus                 animal species are to be found in the UN-controlled buffer                                                   RSG Michael Møller told                               The world we live in today is
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            guests at this year’s UN Day                       more complex and more inter-
                                                                                                               its 33-year existence.                                                                                       reception that the 8 July pro-                     dependent than that of 1945, but
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                                                                                                                   Far from being the “dead zone” as the literal Greek tran-                                          cess is flexible and viable enough to                    the promise and values of those
                                                                                                               slation suggests or the “space in between” as the Turkish                                              accommodate both sides’ concerns                         early years in the UN’s history
                                                                Tel:    2261-4550/4416/4408                    implies, the buffer zone is alive with endemic Cypriot birds,                                          and needs and to help deliver a                          remain as relevant as they were
                                                                Fax:    2261-4461                              animal and plants species. Because of its unique status,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      reunified Cyprus. More than 100                          over 60 years ago. The SG, Møller
                                                                E-mail: unficyp-blue-beret@un.org              this stretch of land remains, if not exactly pristine, at least
                                                                                                               largely untouched by the urban development sprawl that                                                 guests, including Turkish Cypriot                        pointed out, says the UN must rise
                                                                                                               has affected large swathes of land on the island.                                                      leader Mehmet Ali Talat and House                        and thrive in an environment of
                                                                                                                   This joint attempt by Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot                                            President Demetris Christofias, the                      global challenges, challenges that
                                                                Editorial Team                                 experts to record, register and protect the island’s rare and                                          Akel leader, attended UNFICYP’s                          do not respect borders, and which
                                                                                                               threatened plant and animal species within the buffer zone                                             43rd UN Day celebration.                                 no country, rich or poor, weak or
                                                                Brian Kelly                                    does much more than help preserve a shared environ-                                                        Aphrodite’s Band, a Greek Cyp-                       powerful, can resolve on its own.
                                                                Miriam Taylor                                  mental heritage. It also supports the development and                                                  riot and Turkish Cypriot group of                           In his UN Day message, Ban Ki-
                                                                Netha Kreouzos                                 strengthening of existing inter-communal partnerships at
                                                                                                               the academic, non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
                                                                SSgt. Michal Ivan (Photographer)
                                                                                                               and local community levels, in promoting biodiversity con-
                                                                Anne Bursey                                    servation in Cyprus.
                                                                Capt. Tomas Pavlik                                 Other side benefits include the fact that the joint teams
                                                                                                               profiling this natural treasure trove have managed to
                                                                Unit Press Officers                            identify sites and locations within the buffer zone used and
                                                                Sector 1    Capt. Guillermo Larreyna           favoured by illegal hunters and by bird trappers for their
                                                                Sector 2    Capt. Bhim Gurung                  illegal activities.                                                                                                                                                                                  world. Global problems demand
                                                                Sector 4    1/Lt. Miroslav Šelep                   The haunts of hunters who defy the ban on hunting in                                                                                                                                             global solutions. Going it alone is
                                                                                                               the buffer zone and persist in entering to illegally shoot the                                                                                                                                       not a viable option.
                                                                MFR         2/Lt. Clive Allford
                                                                                                               wild life sheltering within are also being mapped, thanks to                                                                                                                                             Demands on the UN grow every
                                                                UNPOL       Sgt. Gail McClure                  the tell-tale signs of their discarded empty cartridge                                                                                                                                               day and, together with member
                                                                UN Flt      Lt. Cristian Ramos                 casings. So too, are the sites favoured by those engaged in                                                                                                                                          states and civil society, we must
                                                                FMPU        Capt. Jozef Sventek                illegal bird trapping.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    strengthen the organisation’s ability
                                                                                                                   This information has helped strengthen the campaign                                                                                                                                              to play its role to the fullest extent
                                                                The Blue Beret is UNFICYP’s in-house           by UNPOL, Cyprus game wardens and police to take on the                                                                                                                                              in conflict prevention, peace-
                                                                journal. Views expressed are of the            illegal, commercial trade involving the trapping and killing
                                                                                                               of hundreds of thousands of migrant birds, many of which                                                                                                                                             making, peacekeeping and peace-
                                                                authors concerned, and do not neces-
                                                                sarily conform with official policy.           are protected species.                                                                                                                                                                               building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The SG has vowed to do all he
                                                                Articles of general interest (plus pho-            To date, dozens of mist nests, lime stick and recorded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    can to galvanize global and decisive

                                                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Harun Uçar
                                                                tos with captions) are invited from all        birdsong devices have been confiscated. Numerous pro-
                                                                                                               secutions are underway with suspects liable to sentences of                                                                                                                                          action on climate change. Protecting
                                                                members of the Force.
                                                                                                               up to three years and/or fines of as much as £10,000.                                                                                                                                                the climate for present and future
                                                                Copyright of all material is vested in                                                                                                                                                                                                              generations is in the common in-
                                                                UN publications, but may be repro-
                                                                                                                   UNFICYP is fully committed to this campaign, just as it
                                                                                                               fully supports and applauds the biodiversity project in the                                                                                                                                          terest of all. For people living on an
                                                                duced with the Editor’s permission.                                                                                                                   AKEL leader Christofias with Turkish Cypriot leader Talat
                                                                                                               buffer zone.                                                                                                                                                                                         island with water reservoirs re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      musicians and singers who travelled moon said more people and                                 portedly at 21% of capacity, that is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from Australia, played traditional Governments understand that multi-                         self-evident, Mr. Møller observed.
                                                                                                                                         Contents                                                                     Cypriot melodies creating a warm lateralism is the only path in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      atmosphere.                           interdependent and globalizing                                            Continued on page 4
                                                                                                           Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2                             Welcoming his guests,
                                                                                                           Møller stresses Flexibility of 8 July Process at UN Day . . . .3                                           SRSG Møller noted that this
                                                                                                           UN Day: 24 October / Talat meets SG in NY . . . . . . . . . . .4                                           year’s UN birthday was the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      first under the stewardship of
                                                                                                           Ledra Palace Upgrades moving ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Secretary-General Ban Ki-
                                                                                                           UN Staff Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6/7                              moon, who, in his initial 10
                                                                                                           Protecting the Buffer Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/9                                  months of office, has stressed
                                                                                                           Sector 2 – 10 Transport Regiment / Rotation in Sector 1 . .10                                              repeatedly the inspiration he
                                                                                                           UNDP Film Festival of Young Cypriots’ Movies /                                                             derives from the spirit and
                                                                                                             SG on World Food Day, 16 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11                                         vision of the world leaders of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1945 as embodied in the UN
                                                                                                           UNPOL Visits Police Academies / Civil Society Directory . .12                                              Charter. For the SG, this pledge
                                                                                                           On Your Bike, Brian! / Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13                                   of trust and hope represents
                                                                                                           New Faces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14                            humankind’s determination to
                                                                                                           Visitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15                         move away from a world rav-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aged by war and unspeakable

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      atrocities – to unite within a
                                                                                                              Front Cover: Happy UN Day!                                                                              new association of nations
                                                                                                              Back Cover: Teamwork on Staff Day                                                                       guided by principles of
                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Harun Uçar                               justice, peace, equality and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      human rights.                    Guests listening to SRSG Møller’s remarks

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Continued from page 3
    Security, development and human rights are three
main pillars of the UN’s work. The SG says he will work
with Member States and civil society to translate the
                                                                                          “It is our firm conviction that the 8 July process is
                                                                                      flexible and viable enough to accommodate the respec-
                                                                                      tive concerns and needs while enabling the long
                                                                                                                                                  Ledra Palace
concept of the Responsibility to Protect from words to
deeds, so as to ensure timely action when populations
                                                                                      awaited, long elusive goal of re-uniting this beautiful
                                                                                      island,” SRSG Møller said.                                  Upgrades
face genocide, ethnic cleansing or crimes against                                         He appealed to all Cypriots to look to the future and
    Finally, the SG’s message speaks of the need to
                                                                                      think constructively and imaginatively about the shape
                                                                                      of things to come, noting that an active and involved
                                                                                                                                                  Moving Ahead
transform the UN itself so that it can adapt in order to                              civil society is crucial to how that future is shaped.            edra Palace Hotel is currently undergoing major
meet new challenges, to ensure the highest standards
of ethics, integrity and accountability. The UN, he
notes, will be judged in the future on the actions we
                                                                                          “Let me repeat what I said earlier this year:
                                                                                      Understanding and peace is best achieved by those
                                                                                      who already know each other – it is seldom sustainable
                                                                                                                                                  L     refurbishments to improve the health and safety
                                                                                                                                                        standards of Sector 2.
                                                                                                                                                      The work scheduled to be completed by 31 Decem-
take today – on results. On this UN Day, the Chief of                                 if imposed by outsiders. Clearly, as I have also said on    ber 2009 involves repairing the roof, the internal
Mission noted, the SG has urged us to rededicate                                      earlier occasions, it is for the people of Cyprus to find   refurbishment of rooms on four floors as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Renewing the pipework
ourselves to achieving those goals, a message we                                      a Cypriot solution to what is a Cypriot problem. The        replacement and repair of wooden frames, doors and
should all take to heart.                                                             time is more than ripe for that to happen.                  tiles, patching up of holes in the ceilings and replacing
    Looking to the UNFICYP inter-communal survey                                          “We, the United Nations and the international com-      carpets with plastic flooring. The building will also be
conducted earlier this year, Mr. Møller observed how it                               munity, are steadfast in our determination to help          painted inside.
showed some disillusionment about prospects for an                                    Cyprus more forward. Let us do so together – expedi-            Balconies, parapets and insulations externally will
early Cyprus settlement, underscoring the vital need to                               tiously and with determination.”                            be refurbished and repaired.
promote and encourage dialogue, debate and dis-                                                                                                       To date, major refurbishments have been conducted
cussion between and among the island’s communities                                                                                                on the ground floor with the completion of the bi-
on all the issues pertinent to the island’s future.                                                                                               communal rooms, UNPOL station, main kitchen, offi-
    The survey showed that a large majority in each                                                                                               cers’, sgts’ and junior ranks’ messes and the gym.
community is willing to accept a federal settlement, but                                                                                              Significant progress has also been made with
it also showed that misperceptions and misgivings exist                                                                                           respect to the electrical system. The main power supply
within each community about the other’s real intentions                                                                                           cables have been replaced and the electrical rewiring
and/or preferences. Any attempt to reach an agreed                                                                                                is now 85% completed. This task is on track for com-
federal settlement has to overcome this lack of trust                                                                                             pletion in December 2007. Works have also been
and scepticism about prospects for a settlement, he                                                                                               finalised on the repair of balconies, while repair works
said.                                                                                                                                             on the parapets are currently underway.
    On 5 September, the leaders, H.E. Tassos Papa-                                                                                                    At present, the main effort is the refurbishment of a
dopoulos and H.E. Mehmet Ali Talat, pledged their                                                                                                 previously condemned wing on the second floor to
continuing commitment to bi-communal dialogue and                                                                                                 bring 12 rooms back into use – this will facilitate the
called for the earliest start to launching a comprehen-                                                                                           emptying of the entire fourth floor to allow works to                            Gym refurbishment
sive settlement. Each since met in New York with the                                                                                              begin on the roof. This apparently simple task proved
SG, who urged both to show the political will and                                                                                                 to be very problematic, and necessitated the retiling of
strength to move the vital process of reconciliation                                                      Aphrodite’s Band                        the whole room.
ahead.                                                                                                                                                Cyprus government efforts have been complimen-
                                                                                                                                                  ted by UNFICYP projects, principally the installation of
                                                                                                                                                  a new fire alarm system throughout the hotel and the
                                                                                                                                                  provision of air conditioning on the ground floor.
                                                                                              UN Day –                                                There is no doubt that a lot of work is still needed to
                                                                                                                                                  bring the health and safety of Ledra Palace Hotel up to
                                                                                              24 October                                          modern standards, particularly with respect to the
                                                                                                                                                  sewerage system/en-suites and bedrooms, but note-
                                                                                                    N Day was celebrated by the UN

                                                                                              U     family in all missions and at Head-
                                                                                                    quarters. Secretary-General Ban
                                                                                              Ki-moon spoke at the sixty-second United
                                                                                                                                                  worthy progress has been made.
    UN Photo/Mark Garten

                                                                                              Nations Day Concert, which featured the
                                                                                              Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted
                                                                                              by Chung Myung-Whun, at UN Head-
                                                                                              quarters in New York.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Kitchen

Talat meets SG in NY
       ecretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with H.E. Mr.

S      Mehmet Ali Talat, the Turkish Cypriot leader, on
       16 October at UN headquarters in NY. They
discussed the way forward on the Cyprus problem,
including implementation of the 8 July 2006 Agreement
                                                           UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

and confidence-building measures.
  Mr. Talat reassured the Secretary-General of the
willingness of the Turkish Cypriot side to reach a com-
prehensive settlement under the Secretary-General's
                                                                                                                                                                      Bicommunal Room
good offices.
                                            October 2007 – The Blue Beret                                                                                                                       October 2007 – The Blue Beret
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     UNPOL Station
 UN Staff Day
                                                                                                                 N Staff Day is a long-standing tradition associated with the UN birthday
                                                                                                              U  celebrations. Last year, the Chief of Mission introduced UNFICYP staff to the
                                                                                                              concept. This year’s mix of al fresco lunch and open-air family events, ranging from
                                                                                                              sports and music to board games and tests of skill and strength, was a big hit all

                                                                                                                                                      out the day and even managed to
                                                                                                                                                      get a few volunteers up to sing
                                                                                                                                                          Jonathan Vatikiotis and Liam
                                                                                                                                                      Iacovou – two very talented musi-
                                                                                                                                                      cians – got up on stage, sang some
                                                                                                                                                      great songs and played a mean gui-
                                                                                                                                                      tar. Watch out for them on MTV in
                                                                                                                                                      the future!
                                                                                                                                                          Thanks go to John Messarities
                                                                                                                                                      for setting up the sound system.
                                                                                                                                                          The day outdoors built up
                                                                                                                                                      healthy appetites and staff were
                                                                                                                                                      duly rewarded with a sumptuous
                                                                                                                                                      BBQ prepared by the staff from the
                                                                                                               Buffet lunch served by the Cafeteria                                               Fanos Andreou and Arif Mahmut
                                                                                                                                                      International cafeteria.

Backgammon competition    Boot toss                           Chess tournament
                                                                                                              Matchless Day of Matches
                                ighlights of staff day included     working with children can send you               N staff day would not be the same without the            Of the 20 teams, only one woman entered for her

                         H      tug of war, potted games and
                                boot throwing, as well as pic-
                         tionary and backgammon for the
                                                                    mad.... I agree, but no-one went
                                                                    mad on the day. All of these child-
                                                                    ren were very happy and expertly
                                                                                                              U      football tournament run by Rick Demetriou
                                                                                                                     (Finance Section). His organisation of the event
                                                                                                              was no mean feat (or feet!), with 20 teams, each made
                                                                                                                                                                           section – Dima Abdoul, playing for Civil Affairs. The
                                                                                                                                                                           team was knocked out in the first round by Sector 1’s
                                                                                                                                                                           “UNPOL Warriors”. However, it was a good match
                         less physically inclined.                  entertained by the day’s events.          up of seven members (five players and two substi-            played fairly and squarely.
                             Pictionary referee and host for            A jumping castle was set up for       tutes), playing five minutes each way with a one-               Spirits were running high throughout, with only a
                         the day Anne Bursey from the PIO           the youngsters to expel their energy      minute breather in between.                                  few yellow cards handed out (no red cards luckily!).
                         office said pictionary can be highly       and give their parents a little respite      Fortunately, Rick was able to rope in the help of Sgt.    Not bad for a 26-game tournament which started at
                         entertaining for both players and          while one of the highlights for the       Maj. Mick Ryan (MFR’s RSM), and Sgt. Rob Whalley             12.00 noon and ended just before 5.00 p.m.
                         spectators. Last year’s UN Staff Day       children was the face painting            (Ops Info) who willingly assisted him with the refereeing.      Congratulations to the UN Day 2007 Football Cham-
                         pictionary tournament winners Team             “A big thank you to everyone             As Rick says, “Playing five-a-side is far more tiring     pionship Winners, 10 Regt A (Sector 2). The team
                         1, led by Kyriakos and including           who helped on the day. Anastasia,         than a normal 11-a-side match. Played on a pitch just        fought to the very end against the very tough and
                         Michelle, Derya and Ali, were beaten       the face painter, deserves special        about half the normal size, the game is much faster.         strategic Slovak “Young Guns”, who came so close to
                         brazenly in the first round of the         praise since she stepped in at short      Therefore your reactions and acceleration have to be         grabbing victory. The Slovaks’ smooth passing and
                         tournament by newcomers Team 2             notice to help paint the children’s       sharp as you are constantly on the go, regardless of the     great determination was rewarded with an early goal in
                         – Netha, Juana and Miriam.                 faces before the arrival of the           position you play. You simply have to be switched on         the first half. 10 Regt A (Sector 2) equalized late in the
Clowns with children         Magic marker tips were worn            clown,” Catharine said.                   and involved at all times. Accurate timing of runs and       second half with a superb strike, after mounting
                         down as budding “Da Vinci’s” drew              Tavli competition host Miriam         ball passing is absolutely imperative to the game and        pressure to make it 1:1.
                         clues so that their teammates could        Pericleous from the PIO said it was       can be the difference between winners and losers”.              The game was a heated affair. The finalists played
                         decode the answers to the piction-         an action-packed day with a total of                                                                                      10 minutes each way and a great
                         ary quiz.                                  16 competitors vying for the title of                                                                                     number of spectators nervously cheer-
                             Team 2 went into the finals to         Tavli Champion.                                                                                                           ing on both sides. As legs tired, the
                         face Team 3 from the UN Volunteers             Chief of Mission Michael Møller                                                                                       game moved into extra time. Another
                         who had narrowly beaten Team 4             gladly took up the challenge, facing                                                                                      energy-sapping five minutes each way
                         (Alan, Hasita and Alicia). In the          competitors from as young as 15                                                                                           and eventually, it came down to
                         finals, the UNVs just managed to           (Liam Iacovou and Elias Al-Debyani)                                                                                       penalties with 10 Regt A emerging as
                         beat Team 2 at the tie-break.... to        to the returning backgammon cham-                                                                                         4:3 winners to lift the hard won
                         take the pudding (sorry, prize).           pion, George Stavrinou who pulled                                                                                         trophy. Gold and silver medals were
                             Competitors were frothing at the       no punches and fought long and                                                                                            presented to the winners and runners-
                         mouth as teams closed in on the            hard with his poker-faced, stealth                                                                                        up by Spokesman Brian Kelly and by
                         second round for the 6-5 win by the        tactics to eventually secure a draw                                                                                       Rick, followed by a champagne cele-
Pictionary               UNVs! Well done Niki, Alisa and            for first place with Tony Pap. It was                                                                                     bration.
                         Anita, and to everyone else who            an intense and gruelling competi-                                                                                            Special praise must also go to ALL
                         joined in on the action this UN day.       tion. George and Tony received prizes                                                                                     participating teams, regardless of
                         Pictionary can be a hilarious, nail-       of hard cover coffee table books:                                                                                         their placing. It was a great display,
                         biting spectator sport! “Too bad you       “Life Magazine, 70 Years of Extra-                                                                                        played in good spirit. Rick says, “That
                         never made it to the finals, Kyriakos.     ordinary Photography and “National                                                                                        is what makes a competition so
                         We’ll be on the lookout for your           Geographic, Greatest Photographs.”                                                                                        successful. For me, there is no ‘player-
                         return next year!”, said Anne Bursey.          Shane Smith from the Transport                                                                                        of-the-day’, as I sincerely believe
                             Catharine Finch from the Chief of      Unit provided non-stop music                                                                                              everyone played with their heart in the
                         Staff’s office donned her clown suit       throughout the event and served as                                                                                        right place and to the best of their
                         for the day to entertain the children.     MC to keep everyone up-to-date                                                                                            ability, thus making them all special
                                                                                                                                  The winners – 10 Regiment A Team
                         Catharine said, “they say that             with what was happening through-                                                                                          winners”.
                              October 2007 – The Blue Beret                                                                                                October 2007 – The Blue Beret
                                                                                          Protecting the Buffer Zone
UNPOL Joins Hunt for Bird Trappers
       NPOL and Cyprus game war-               Although the Game Fund has           shouting and throwing stones into          very fine mesh makes them difficult      metre long, which are covered in an

U      dens have begun a joint
       campaign to halt illegal bird
trapping in the buffer zone that kills
                                           made progress in halting this illegal
                                           activity over the last five years,
                                           there are still those who continue to
                                                                                    the bushes to flush the birds out. In
                                                                                    recent years, a new and more lethal
                                                                                    method has been used which in-
                                                                                                                               to discern. The use of such record-
                                                                                                                               ings is illegal but has become in-
                                                                                                                               creasingly widespread. The trapped
                                                                                                                                                                        extremely sticky “glue”, made by
                                                                                                                                                                        boiling up the fruit of the Syrian
                                                                                                                                                                        plum tree. These sticks are placed
hundreds of thousands of migrant           trap birds for their own consumption     volves the use of recorded birdsong        birds are usually killed, the excep-     in bushes, or sometimes inserted
birds, many of which are protected         and sale to taverns that sell them to    to attract the migrant birds to their      tion being any particularly exotic       into the ends of bamboo poles, to
species.                                   clients illegally.                       “mist” nets, so-called because their       species which may be retained alive      provide very inviting perches for
    UNPOL, together with the game              Kassinis notes that cooperation                                                 for caged bird trade. Unwanted           birds. Any bird landing on a lime-
wardens and Cyprus police raided           with UNFICYP is important because                                                   species are simply killed and discar-    stick becomes stuck, falls upside
several identified trapping sites with-    the more sophisticated trappers                                                     ded, the remainder killed and sold       down, and as it flutters to free itself      Recorded birdson devices
in the buffer zone in Dherynia, Troulli    who continue to ply their illegal                                                   as “ambellopoulia”, a highly priced      it becomes progressively more                confiscated by UNPOL
and Pyla during the September-October      trade are doing so at a more inten-                                                 delicacy on the island. Ampello-         attached to the stick. The birds do
period confiscating dozens of mist         sive rate in the buffer zone (BZ), as                                               poulia are songbirds like Blackcaps,     not usually die quickly: this is a
nets, lime sticks, tape-machines           they feel they will not get caught or                                               Warblers and European Robins. The        long, lingering death, which may
and speakers connected to car bat-         if they are, the only consequences                                                  tiny birds are pickled or grilled and    only occur when the trapper arrives       birds. These nets may be stretched
teries broadcasting recorded bird-         to them will be that they are escor-                                                sold in taverns for about £2.50 each     to cut their throats or crush their       across watercourses, or between
song to draw the migrant birds.            ted out of the BZ and their equip-                                                  or £30 a dozen. A diner will typically   heads.                                    trees and bushes (which are often
    The presence of this type of           ment confiscated.                                                                   eat around a dozen or more                   The manufacture, sale, ownership      planted and irrigated solely for the
equipment adds to the seriousness              This, however, is not the case, as                                              ampellopoulia.                           and use of lime sticks is illegal. The    purpose of attracting birds for trap-
of the offence committed and car-          UNFICYP is cooperating with both                                                        Most trapping takes place in the     use of lime sticks for bird trapping      ping). The importation of mist nets
ries a penalty of up to three years        the game wardens and the police                                                     south-east of the island during the      goes back for centuries, and in the       into Cyprus is illegal, but thousands
imprisonment and/or a fine of up to        who then proceed with prosecuting                                                   autumn migration, although trap-         past was a means by which poor            are smuggled into the country and
£10,000.                                   the offenders.                                                                      pers are also out during the spring      people supplemented a meagre diet.        acquired by the trappers. They cost
    Game Warden Nikos Kassinis                 Traditionally, bird trapping in                                                 migration, when the cull is particu-         Mist nets are very fine filament      about £80 each, an indication of
notes that every year, trappers kill       Cyprus was carried out by trappers         Lime-sticks found on a                   larly harmful as the birds have not      nets, up to 10 metres high which          how profitable their use is. Unlike
around three million birds across          driving the birds towards lime sticks      farm in the buffer zone                  had a chance to breed.                   can be strung end-to-end to make          the use of lime sticks, netting in
the island.                                and nets in the early morning by                                                        Lime sticks are twigs, about a       invisible “walls of death” for the        Cyprus is not traditional.

Pioneers in the Buffer Zone
      or the first time since 1974,            Nicolas Jarraud, UNDP-ACT En-        order to determine what bat species

                                                                                                                               birds spotted concentrated in the            To ensure the sustainability of
      scientists from the two com-         vironment Analyst coordinating the       can be found in the BZ.                    Kaimakli area may suggest it is a        the project, the bio-diversity team
      munities are collaborating on a      biodiversity project, explains that          Part of the field trips includes the   breeding ground for stone curlews,       will be integrated into the Cyprus
bicommunal project to determine            the team is facilitated by UNFICYP       setting of automatic cameras using         says Jarraud. If confirmed, this will    Environmental Stakeholder Forum
what plant and animal species are          on the field trips into the BZ with      bait to compile a photographic             be a significant find.                   (CESF). This bicommunal, multi-
living in the buffer zone. This is         peacekeepers escorting scientists to     record of foxes and wild dogs. The             Another site is in the Astromer-     disciplinary network of environmen-
especially important, given that the       the chosen sites. Once they have         team works with 14 camera traps,           itis area between the two check-         tal stakeholders works together on
buffer zone (BZ) has become a              arrived at the site each scientist       as well as a number of traps for           points on land belonging to the Mor-     common environmental priorities for
virtual nature preserve in the 33          looks for something different within     rodents. These are set with bars of        phou Bishopric. UNFICYP’s Camp           which they advocate, both locally
years it has existed.                      their field of expertise. The team       chocolate to catch the rodents in          San Martín is the starting point to      and at international environmental
    The Fauna and Flora Biodiversity       visits the same sites covering all       metal boxes without injuring them.         head towards the abandoned village       events.
project sponsored by UNDP-ACT              three sectors in an effort to collect    The animals are released the follow-       of Varisha, an ideal site for spotting       Incorporating the biodiversity
started in July 2007 with the first        as much data as possible on the          ing day. Plant data loggers are also       moufflon. Nearby, at the Limnitis        team into the CESF as a taskforce                      Photo of possible
field visit by a team of nine Greek        fauna and flora. Usually, there is       used during the visits.                    river, eagles have been spotted.         means the team can continue work-                      Bonelli’s eagle
Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scient-        one scientist in the escort vehicle          Jarraud notes that the moufflon        Jarraud notes that the possible          ing under a broader umbrella and
ists, including botanists, bird, reptile   who will signal where to stop. Then      and birds are usually spotted near         sighting of a Bonelli’s Eagle is this    encourage Greek Cypriot and Turk-             Information collected will also be
and other experts.                         the peacekeepers scope the area          the Ayios Nicolaos wetland. In Troulli,    area would be a major discovery as       ish Cypriot scientists to share infor-    used to enhance and update official
                                           before the scientists start their        where the Ayios Neophytes church           these eagles are an endangered           mation and work together on en-           information on the flora and fauna
    Reptile experts identify               work.                                    has been restored as part of a             species. It is estimated that there      vironmental issues of concern.            of Cyprus which up to now has been
    lizard species                             Jarraud notes that a typical field   UNDP-ACT project, the surrounding          are about 820-1,000 pairs in Europe          A report is to be prepared with       unable to record what is living in the
                                           excursion includes bird experts          farmland is ideal for bird-watchers.       as a whole. The Bonelli’s Eagle is a     recommendations about how to              BZ.
                                           conducting bird counts, botanists        In Nicosia, the site selected is the       rare resident of Cyprus with no          manage the BZ and how to deal                 Another spin-off of the project
                                           searching for plant species and tak-     Pedieos River Normandy Bridge area         more than 30 pairs on the island         with issues like illegal hunting and      has been the discovery of many
                                           ing samples for further investiga-       and the building known as “Million-        today.                                   bird trapping.                            bullet shells discarded by hunters
                                           tion, while the reptile experts look     aire’s House”, an abandoned house              Then there is the Kokkina en-            Depending on the findings, the        illegally hunting in the BZ as well as
                                           in rocky places for snakes and           in the BZ where bats and owls have         clave, a western coastland site that     team could make recommendations           the identification of sites where
                                           lizards. The team spends approxi-        been spotted behind Ledra Palace.          the team hopes will provide note-        about possible micro-reserves for         illegal bird trapping is conducted.
                                           mately one-and-a-half to two hours           In the Kaimakli area, a large          worthy data on fauna and flora dur-      protected species like rare orchids.      (See story above.)
                                           at each site. Trips may start from       number of stone curlews has been           ing the February-April wet season.       In doing so, it would engage local            Jarraud also notes that the team
                                           as early as 5:00 a.m. so that they       spotted, reportedly a rare resident            Once the project is completed,       communities to protect and pre-           has flagged the problem of illegal
                                           are able to spot birds and moufflon      of Cyprus although frequently seen         all data will be prepared and pre-       serve these species. By adopting          incursions by shepherds into the BZ
                                           and often end around 5:00-6:00           during the migratory season outside        sented on-line so the public can         these micro-reserves, communities         with their sheep. Sometimes, their
                                           p.m. On certain occasions, there         the BZ. The project ornithologists         access the information on the fauna      could develop and benefit from eco-       flocks carry disease that the mouf-
                                           have also been night field trips in      believe that the large number of           and flora species of interest.           tourism.                                  flon are susceptible to.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Netha Kreouzos
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UNPOL Visit                                                                                                                On Your Bike, Brian!
Police                                                                                                                     UNFICYP Spokesperson Brian
                                                                                                                           Kelly’s farewell lunch, which took
                                                                                                                           place on 23 October in HQ UNFI-
                                                                                                                                                                     and presented Brian with personal
                                                                                                                                                                     gifts of a painting she had created,
                                                                                                                                                                     as well as a framed photo of him

Academies                                                                                                                  CYP’s central courtyard, was a rare
                                                                                                                           occasion. Approximately 90 fellow
                                                                                                                           colleagues arriving at midday found
                                                                                                                                                                     eating his favourite luncheon dish at
                                                                                                                                                                     CESSAC (egg, mashed potato and
                                                                                                                                                                     onion!). She also surprised him with
     fter eight months of discussion between UNFICYP’s

                                                                                                                           an impressive luncheon laid on,           a special edition of the UNFICYP
     Senior Police Adviser Carla Van Maris and the                                                                         organised by the very capable             magazine entitled “Brian’s Blue
     Turkish Cypriot Police Element (TCPE) HQ, the                                                                         Michael Charalambous, Manager of          Beret”, courtesy of the PIO, and
UNPOL Training Officer and the UN Liaison Officer Police                                                                   UNFICYP’s International Cafeteria.
(UNLOP) visited the north’s “police academy” on 27                                                                             Once lunch was over, CM Møller
September to brief TCPE recruits about UNPOL and             UNPOL with TCPE recruits
                                                                                                                           was the first to bid farewell to Brian,                                           sad occasion as it meant the end of
UNFICYP and cooperation/liaison with the TCPE.                                                                             presenting him with a decorative UN                                               the six-and-a-half year Brian Kelly
                                                                                        The presentation was well                                                                                            era, one which will be very difficult
                                                                                     received. So much so, in fact,        plate, one which Brian has admired
                                                                                                                           for some time! Then came CAO                                                      for his successor to follow.
                                                                                     that now, there are plans to in-                                                                                            Brian plans to settle on the
                                                                                     corporate UNPOL presentations         Frank Clancy, who handed Brian a
                                                                                                                           framed collection of medals from all                                              island for the foreseeable future,
                                                                                     into future TCPE recruit courses.                                                                                       and we all hope to see him pedalling
                                                                                        Next day on 28 September, 24       missions he had served with during
                                                                                                                           his UN service. Anne Bursey, Brian’s                                              his bicycle up to HQ for his favourite
                                                                                     newly arrived UNPOL members,                                                                                            CESSAC lunch!
                                                                                     accompanied by the UNLOP and          deputy, rounded up the speeches
                                                                                     UNPOL Training Officer, visited the
                                                                                     Cyprus Police (CYPOL) Academy.
                                                                                     They were given a briefing by
                                                                                     CYPOL and a tour of the Academy.
                                                                                     During the visit, the UNFICYP
                                                                                     Training Officer and UNLOP raised
                                                                                     the possibility with CYPOL Aca-
                                                                                     demy staff of an UNPOL briefing
                                                                                     for CYPOL recruits during their                                                 last but not least, UNFICYP’s
                                                                                     induction course. These discus-                                                 collective farewell gift of a red
UNPOL’s visit to the CYPOL Academy                                                   sions are ongoing.                                                              bicycle, tastefully decorated with a
                                                                                                                                                                     UN flag, a hooter, two fans and
                                                                                                                                                                     other bits and pieces to distinguish
   Civil Society Directory                                                                                                                                           it from other bicycles in town!
                                                                                                                                                                         Coffee, accompanied by a fare-
          he production of a compre-      information which will have a last-    courageous activism, which can                                                      well cake with a colourful photo of

     T    hensive directory of Cypriot
          Civil Society organisations
     marks a giant step in the work of
                                          ing impact on the development
                                          of Cyprus’ culture of democracy
                                          and active citizen participation
                                                                                 engage with all sectors of society
                                                                                 across the island. This directory
                                                                                 marks one of the major mile-
                                                                                                                                                                     Brian as decoration, ended the
                                                                                                                                                                     event which, although joyful, was a

     such organisations on the island.
     The Greek Cypriot and Turkish
                                          for years to come.
                                            Cypriot Civil Society requires
                                                                                 stones in this pursuit.                   Sport
     Cypriot directories together re-
     present a body of knowledge and
                                          reliable signposts for the future
                                          development of a vibrant and
                                                                                   Free copies of the Directory
                                                                                 are available from:
                                                                                                                           13 – Unlucky for Some
                                                                                                                                  n 17 October, a selection of players from the           team. The final score was ASPIS Pyla 12, UNPOL/SCAT
     Intercollege Limassol Campus
     Email:     consultancy@lim.
                                         Christopher Louise
                                         Practice Leader
                                         United Nations Development
                                                                                  The Management Centre
                                                                                  Email:   tcemal@mc-med.org
                                                                                           (REF: Request a free
                                                                                                                                  Sector Civil Affairs Team (SCAT) and UNPOL pro-
                                                                                                                                  vided stiff opposition for the ASPIS Pyla soccer
                                                                                                                                                                                             Presentations were made to ASPIS Pyla by Garda
                                                                                                                                                                                          Paddy Guinan, while UNPOL team captain Sgt. Gerry
     Τel:      +357 25 337060;           Programme, Action for                             copy of the Directory)              The ASPIS Pyla soccer team, made up of Greek               Brennan accepted a presentation on behalf of the
     Fax:      +357 25 335995            Cooperation and Trust, Cyprus            Tel:     +90 392 2277234                 Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot players, play in the fourth        UNPOL/SCAT team.
     Address: 92 Ayios Phylaxeos         E-mail:christopher.louise@undp.org       Fax:     +90 392 2277226                 division of the Football League in Cyprus.                        Many thanks go to all who supported the match on
               St, P.O. Box 51604,       Tel:   + 357 22 874 777                  Address: Osman Paşa Cad.,                    The gulf in class was evident from the start with          the night.
               CY-3507,                         + 357 22 874 792 (direct)                  No 31/4,                        ASPIS Pyla going close on numerous occasions,
               Limassol                  Fax: + 357 22 359 066                             Köşklüçiftlik, Lefkoşa          before breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes.
                                                                                                                           The goal signalled the end of the resistance and
                                                                                                                           inevitably, the floodgates opened with a further
                                                                                                                           five goals conceded before half time.
  World Toilet Summit                                                                                                          Despite many words of encouragement from
                                                                                                                           Caretaker Manager Inspector Gerry Coonan, it
UN-Habitat, WHO, the Department          population, have no access to them.       supply. She urged national Govern-      was hard to pick the players up at half time. More
of Economic and Social Affairs and         In a message to the event, UN-          ments to adopt low-cost technology      goals followed in the second half, despite stalwart
UNICEF, took part in the World Toilet    Habitat’s Executive Director Anna         that would allow expanded coverage      performances by Charlie Gallagher at the back,
Summit, which opened on 31               Tibaijuka notes that the correlation      to broad segments of society.           Tony Tighe, midfield, and Ollie McHale up front.
October in New Delhi, India. Most        between urban poverty and poor              Improvement in global sanitation          A consolation goal from a dubious decision
are fortunate enough to take toilets     health is largely a result of inade-      and access to clean drinking water is   penalty awarded to and scored by Paddy Guinan
for granted, yet more than 2.6 billion   quate sanitation facilities, combined     one of the key UN Millennium Deve-      raised one of the few cheers from UNPOL/SCAT
                                                                                                                                                                                               Aspis Pyla and UNPOL SCAT team players
people, or 40% of the planet’s           with inadequate or unsafe water           lopment Goals.                          members who had assembled to support their
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New Faces                                                                                                                       Visitors
                                                                                                                                UNFICYP extended the usual courtesies when the Chief of Mission, Force Commander and Senior
                                                                                                                                Adviser received the following visitors during this month:
CO Sector 2
   t. Col. Tony Duncan took over as Com-                                        Duncan then commanded 28 Sqn QOGLR
L  mander Sector 2 from Lt. Col. Keith
Robinson on 1 October.
                                                                                before joining 12 Mech Bde as the Deputy
                                                                                Chief of Staff. A three-year tour at the
  Born in Edinburgh on 30 August 1965,                                          Army Personnel Centre followed before he
he grew up in Dundee. He joined the                                             assumed his current appointment as CO
British Army in 1985 and was commis-                                            10 Tpt Regt QOGLR. Lt. Col. Duncan has
sioned into the RCT in April 1987.                                              served on operations in Northern Ireland,
  Lt. Col. Duncan spent his early years                                         Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and now Cyprus.
stationed in Germany, Hong Kong and the                                           Lt. Col. Duncan is married to Morna and
United Kingdom. He left his appointment                                         they have three daughters: Rosemary
as SO3 G4 at HQ 4 Armd Bde in 1996 to                                           (16), Elizabeth (14) and Catherine (11).
attend Staff College during which time he                                       His interests include rugby, football, golf,
obtained a Master’s Degree. Lt. Col.                                            skiing, rock music and playing guitar.

CO Sector 1                                                                                                                     2 October: Egyptian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim           4 October: Ms. Aiko Yasuhara, Political Officer, Embassy of
     t. Col. Edgardo Calvi was born on 19                                       Argentinian Staff College in 1997 and           Ragheb with CM Møller                                            Japan with Senior Adviser Wlodek Cibor

L    November 1961 in La Plata city. He
     was assigned as the new CO Sector 1
on 5 October.
                                                                                    In 1995, Lt. Col. Calvi completed a tour
                                                                                with UNPROFOR, and in 2000/2001, he
  Lt. Col. Calvi graduated from the Offi-                                       attended the Staff College in France.
cers’ Academy in December 1983 as a 2/Lt                                            Prior to his appointment as CO Sector
in the Armour branch. He is an experien-                                        1, he held the post of CO 10th Tank
ced paratrooper, commando and mountain                                          Regiment for the past two years. His qua-
troop specialist.                                                               lifications include a BA in Strategy and
  During his career, Lt. Col. Calvi served in                                   Organisation, an MA in Strategic Manage-
different combat units including the 4th                                        ment and an MA in Strategy and Geopo-
Mountain Cavalry Regiment, the NCOs’                                            litics.
Academy and 601 Commando Company,                                                   Lt. Col. Calvi is married to Maria Rosana
as well as the 8th Cavalry Regiment and                                         and they have three children, Santiago
the Officers’ Academy. He attended the                                          (12), Pablo (10) and Marcos (seven).

ASO                                                                                                                             4 October: Students from the Socialist Youth Party, Hanover,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 10 October: Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Katalin Szili at the Hungarian Club, HQ UNFICYP
      t. Col. Alberto Sabbatini, Air                                              dents Investigation and Prevention

L     Safety Officer HQ UNFICYP, was
      born on 22 October 1963. He
comes from Buenos Aires.
                                                                                  Course. A presidential pilot, he also
                                                                                  flew the Sikorsky S-76 and Sikorsky S-
                                                                                  70, and was Squadron Leader for two
   He graduated from the “Escuela de                                              years.
Aviación Militar” (Argentinian Air Aca-                                              This is not Alberto’s first tour with
demy) in 1986. In 1987, he attended                                               UNFICYP. He served in UN Flight in
the Military Aviator Course and then                                              1997 and 1999.
served with VII Air Brigade where he                                                 Alberto is married to Janna and they
took the helicopter pilot’s course,                                               have two children, Lucia (seven) and
flying the Hughes 500, Bell UH-1H and                                             Vito (three). His hobbies include play-
Bell 212.                                                                         ing football, watching sports and films,
   In 1992, he attended the Air Acci-                                             and listening to rock music.

        aj. Emma Dick arrived in Cyprus on                                       Management, carrying out her dissertation

        29 September to take up the post of
        Officer Commanding, Mobile Force
                                                                                 whilst deployed on Exercise SAIF SAREEA
                                                                                 in the Omani desert. After attending Army
                                                                                 Junior Division in 2003, Emma served as an
                                                                                                                                16 October: Danish Minister of Education, Mr. Bertel Haarder
                                                                                                                                with FC Maj.Gen. Barni
                                                                                                                                                                                                 19 October: Maj. Gen. Barni with General Director of European
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Affairs, Foreign Ministry of Mexico, Mr. Hosé Ignacio Madrazo

  Following a degree in Anthropology from                                        Adjutant in 7 Transport Regiment and imme-     FHO
Durham University and a short spell in                                           diately deployed on Operation TELIC 1 to            aj. Sándor Szabó took over the                                                lately as a sociologist. He has partici-
newspaper sales, she began her Army
career at the Royal Military Academy Sand-
                                                                                 Iraq. Since then she has served as a Staff
                                                                                 Officer within the Army’s Personnel Centre
                                                                                                                                M    position of Force Hygiene Officer on
                                                                                                                                20 September.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   pated in several training courses and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   specialises in alcohol abuse and drug
hurst in May 1997. Her first posting after                                       managing over 3,000 soldiers’ careers.           Born in Hungary in 1966, Maj. Szabó                                              prevention.
commissioning was as a Transport Troop                                           More recently, she worked within the           has taken several courses in Budapest                                                 This is Maj. Szabó’s second tour as
Commander in 10 Transport Regiment where                                         Directorate of the Royal Logistic Corps.       and gained diplomas in sociology, mental                                           Force Hygiene Officer, the first being in
she deployed as part of the NATO force in                                           Emma is married to Ewan, a fellow Royal     health and as a Public Health Inspector.                                           2001-2002.
Bosnia.                                                                          Logistic Corps officer, and they have two        He joined the Hungarian Defence                                                    Maj. Szabó is married to Edit, and they
  Emma has completed various specialist                                          sons, Lewis (three) and Marcus (16 months).    Forces in 1985, and has served in various                                          have a 10-year-old son, Bence. Maj.
logistic training whilst in the Army and in                                      Emma is a keen mountain biker and also         units as a Health Supply NCO, a Health                                             Szabó’s hobbies include fishing, painting
2001 completed an MSc in Food Logistics                                          enjoys hiking, camping and reading.            Supply Officer, a Health Promoter and                                              and reading.

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