As battle-torn Cyprus awaited the outcome of the Geneva Peace Talks on Thursday (25 July), a column of British armoured wars and Royal Marines strengthened the United Nations' force guarding Nicosia's Airport.
GV U.N. Vehicle leading British armoured column.
SCU U.N. Checkpoint as armoured column passes through.
CU PAN ALONG Heavy armoured vehicle passing checkpoint.
CU Scout car passes through checkpoint followed by lorries. (2 shots)
SV Lorry-borne troops passing checkpoint.
SV PAN Armoured column continues down road.
GV AND SV Turkish troops with armoured personnel carrier at Nicosia Airport perimeter. (3 shots)
CU Machine gun PAN UP TO LV Airport area.
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Background: As battle-torn Cyprus awaited the outcome of the Geneva Peace Talks on Thursday (25 July), a column of British armoured wars and Royal Marines strengthened the United Nations' force guarding Nicosia's Airport.
The British troops, equipped with Saladin and Ferret armoured cars, joined forces with U.N. units form Canada, Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden in guarding the strategically-vital airfield.
Tension around the airport area is still high, with Turks on one side of the airfield and Greeks on the other.
The United Nations took control of the airport by agreement with both sides and has erected barriers on the runway to prevent anyone using it in the present situation.
General Perm Chand -- U.N. Commander in Cyprus -- has warned that if either Turkish or Greek troops attacked the airport his troops would defend it "with all the forces at their disposal". He also said it may be weeks before the airport is open to civilian traffic again. About a dozen large bomb craters -- caused by Turkish air raids -- and spread down the main runway.