AN Aberystwyth soldier is preparing to deploy to Cyprus for a six-month tour of duty as a UN peace-keeper.
The Cambrian News reported “Trooper Sam Morris, 22, is a member of The Royal Lancers who are heading to Cyprus to patrol the buffer zone also known as the ‘Green Line,’ that has divided the Turkish north and the Greek south for over 40 years.
The troops have completed their training and swapped their regimental berets for the distinctive blue of the United Nations.
The peacekeeping mission is one of the longest running United Nations missions. The British contribution is known as Op TOSCA.
Sam is among 285 members from The Royal Lancers who are to be deployed.
The soldiers will patrol by vehicle, foot or by mountain bike, working to maintain the peace and stability and performing an important liaison role with local people and local authorities.
The buffer zone extends approximately 180km and is divided into three sectors.
The British soldiers will be responsible for the central part of the buffer zone, known as Sector 2, covering the city of Nicosia.
All have received a cultural briefing to ensure they are fully aware of the history of the tension between the north and south of the Mediterranean island.
“It’s going to be good. I’m looking forward to it,” said Sam.
A mechanic before joining the Army three years ago, Sam continued: “I fancied doing something a bit different.
“Everyone said if you don’t do it now you will regret it.
“They said do it and if you don’t like it you can leave” here.