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Turkey to demine area bordering with Armenia in 2014

Turkey will demine and increase border surveillance capacity of its borders with Armenia and Iran, informed. This is an EU-funded project. The Turkish Ashkam Periodical informed that demining of eastern border of Turkey has started with joint coordination of its general staff of the armed forces and ministry of interior. Note that according to the report of Turkey Without Mines Initiative, as of 2009 there were about 1 million mines in the minefields of Turkey.

The project will be implemented in two phases, the first comprising demining activities in the minefields of area bordering with Armenia and Iran (11,665,641 sq m) and the second comprising installation of border surveillance equipment to minimize illegal migration and smuggling. The project will require spending 52,450,000 euro. 75% will be covered by the EU, the rest by the Turkish ministry of defense. Also drawing attention to reconstruction of the road near Alijan BCP, Ashkam wonders whether this indicates opening of the border in the nearest future.