New demining programme launches this year

A programme to complete demining on both sides of the island will be launched by the UN.

UN demining officers will liaise with both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to identify locations that need demining.

UNFICYP ran out of funds last year and the UN Security Council recently approved the relaunching of demining activities.

After approval was given, demining officers arrived on the island to set up an office to provide an advisory service and create a programme, sources told CNA.

There are many locations in the UN buffer zone which require demining, however, which will take priority has not yet been decided.

Work is expected to begin within the next few months.

UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) say that there are an estimated 7,000 anti-personnel and anti-tank mine still to be removed, covering two million square metres of land across Cyprus. Four minefields lie inside the buffer zone and over 35 remain scattered across the island.

Cyprus Mail 

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