Cyprus Problem | No Sign of Mines in ‘Minefields’

Cyprus Problem | No Sign of Mines in 'Minefields'President Mustafa Akıncı has announced that no traces of landmines have been found in 25 of the 28 minefields located on a map presented by the south’s President Nicos Anastasiadis as part of the Confidence Building Measures (CBM).

Inspections undertaken by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the Cyprus Turkish Security Forces in line with a request made to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon ended with suspected landmines in only three of the areas located in the south’s map.

“No traces of landmines were found in 25 of the 28 reported coordinates. We only have suspicions in 3 areas. The first coordinated is located within a military zone in Güngör. Since there is no civilian access to the location in question, the area does not pose an immediate threat. The second coordinates are located in Alemdağ. Part of the plot is private property while the remaining part was accessible to the public. The third area is on the side of the road near Ömerli. All three areas have been fenced off and marked, posing no risk at all. Necessary work to screen and if needed clear the plots have begun.” Akıncı said.

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