511 Fields are being Demined

UNDP-TR-MANUAL-DEMINER

 

511 mine fields which are located in the Eastern border of Turkey with Armenia, Iran and Nakhichevan, had been laid for border security concerns in the early 1990’s and are currently being demined; financed by the European Commission in cooperation with Turkish Mine Action Center, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Interior and UNDP. In line with the Ottawa Treaty signed on the 3rd of December 1997, all signatory states -including Turkey- need to demine their territories and exterminate all the landmines per international standards. The project is using different methods to achieve the expected results.

Demining activities in Socioeconomic Development through Demining and Increasing the Border Surveillance Capacity at the Eastern Borders of Turkey – Phase I project includes manual demining, mine detecting dogs and mechanical demining methods in its inventory. The team of manual deminers -which are expected to clean an area of 15 million square meters- are mostly composed of local citizens which were educated and certified during the project.

Until the expected end date of the project, December 2017, it is expected to detect and exterminate over 220.000 landmines in the Turkish borders with Armenia, Iran and Nakhichevan.