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UN Soldiers Clear Cyprus Land Mines

MAMMARI, Cyprus — U.N. officials say a parcel of farmland situated inside no-man’s land in ethnically-divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be released for grazing and cultivation.

U.N. Peacekeeping Force Commander Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund says a Cambodian demining team located and disposed of two anti-tank mines and five anti-personnel mine fragments that had shifted into the U.N.-controlled area from an adjacent Turkish Cypriot minefield during winter floods.

The parcel of land was 17,000 square meters (183,000 square feet). The mines are a vestige of a 1974 Turkish invasion triggered by a coup that aimed to unite Cyprus with Greece.

Lund said Aug. 26 there’s now “real momentum” to move ahead with ridding the island nation of all remaining minefields.

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The National Herald’s Happenings of the Week (Jan 8 – Jan 15) as have been reported at the print and digital editions of TNH and presented by the TNH Editor Eraklis Diamataris.