EU-funded de-mining project destroys 20.000 mines in East Turkey
The second phase of EU support for de-mining in Turkey has successfully been completed. Under the EU-funded de-mining project, approximately 20.000 mines were destroyed at the border with Iran. The project, implemented by UNDP, also built up the capacities of the Turkish Mine Action Centre (TURMAC), as an investment in Turkey's ability to fulfil its obligations under the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty (Ottawa Convention).
The results of this €13.5-million demining project, with an EU contribution of €10 million, are:
- Physical demining of state border areas in the Ağrı Province, leading to land release of the cleared areas for humane border management and socio-economic activities;
- Support for a review of Turkey's national mine action strategy, and development of guidelines on land release;
- Training on conducting non-technical de-mining surveys, border management risk analysis, and a study visit to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency for the Turkish Mine Action Centre.
The Head of EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger announced that recently the EU allocated an additional €18.5 million for a follow up demining project. Within this framework, the EU will continue supporting Turkey's efforts to demine its state border in view of its commitments under the Mine-Ban treaty. This upcoming initiative will also finance additional capacity-building actions for TURMAC as well as an awareness campaign on the dangers of mined areas in schools.
For a more comprehensive documentary on demining operations conducted at Turkish borders with the support of the European Union, you can view a video produced earlier this year:
Date/ Time: 19 November 2019, 14:30 – 16:00
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