Türkei kündigt an 222.000 Landminen an Ost-Grenzen zu räumen
Wie die Tageszeitung "Daily Sabah" berichtet hat der türkische Verteidigungsminister Ismet Yilmaz angekündigt, dass das Minenräumungsprogramm ab April 2016 starten wird, um die östlichen Grenzen des Landes bis 2022 von 222.000 Landminen zu befreien. Im März 2014 hat die Türkei als Vertragsstaat der Ottawa-Konvention eine Fristverlängerung für die Minenräumung zugesprochen bekommen (auf Englisch).
At a time of increasing threats along its borders, Turkey is proceeding to fulfill its obligations to an international mine clearance treaty. Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz told lawmakers that the work to clear landmines on the country's eastern borders will start in April. He said more than 222,000 landmines will be cleared, and the country aims to conclude mine clearance operations all across Turkey by 2022.
The government plans to clear its borders of hundreds of thousands of landmines, five years after it abolished the use of anti-personnel landmines by the Turkish Armed Forces. A mine clearance agency that is tasked with removing 975,674 landmines planted in the country's border regions was established last year.
The country became a party to the Ottawa Treaty, a worldwide convention for the clearance and banning of anti-personnel mines in 2004, and was granted an extension to the time frame it was required to destroy all landmines in its territories in 2013 as Turkey failed to meet the first deadline in March 2014. Turkey's efforts to clear the landmines were hindered when unrest erupted in Syria in 2011, with which it shares a 915-kilometer-long border, heavily covered with mines. Conflict between the government and the opposition on planned tenders for the landmine clearance work further complicated efforts.