On Tuesday 12 April 2016, the Norwegian Business Association in Cyprus (NBAC) hosted an event at Amathus Hotel in Limassol titled: “UN’s peacekeeping force in Cyprus – its present and future role”. The event was attended by 60 members and guests of NBAC.
The topic was presented by the Major General Kritin Lund, the Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping in Cyprus and a serving general in the Norwegian Army. Born in 1958, Major General Lund has over 34 years of military service and is the first woman ever to serve as Force Commander in a United Nations peacekeeping operation.
The event was opened by the Chairman of NBAC, Jens A. Wilhelmsen, thanking at first the Major General Kristin Lund for accepting the invitation from NBAC to present on the role of UN in Cyprus and secondly acknowledging the efforts and importance of UN presence in Cyprus in safeguarding peace in the island. In his short introductory speech, Mr. Wilhelmsen announced to the participants the lunch of the new website of NBAC. Mr. Wilhelmsen explained that the development of the new website was initiated to further strengthen the Association’s operations for the benefit of its members and provide an even more dynamic tool of communicating with its members and the public in general.
Following Mr. Wilhelmsen’s opening speech, Major General Kristin Lund presented on the structure, organisation and activites of the UN in Cyprus. The main message from the Major General ‘s presentation was the continuous efforts of the UN in supporting the two sides for a comprehensive settlement. She highlighted the efforts and initiatives taken by both leaders and the these are greatly welcomed by the UN. However, she emphasised the high level of work that remains to be done if this window of opportunity is to lead to lasting peace. She concluded that UN will remain committed to assisting the two sides in achieving the aspiration of both leaders to reach their shared goal of united federal Cyprus for all
In the end of the presentation, participants have been given the opportunity to ask several questions which have been addressed by the Major General. The event was followed by a cocktail gathering for all the participants.
This was great event, with a great speaker on a very interesting topic for Cyprus.
The event was generously sponsored by: