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A deminer at a suspect hazardous area in the north of Cyprus. Photo: UNFICYP

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UNMAS Cyprus:  “Removing threats, building confidence, and facilitating lasting peace”

In July 2016, UNMAS became an integral component of UNFICYP, providing dedicated expertise in mine action planning and coordination, operational demining capacity (2016-17), quality assurance oversight, and data management of mine action information. The objectives of UNMAS operations are to: reduce the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) to contribute to confidence building measures; facilitate a return to normal living conditions; and to ensure safer freedom of movement for UNFICYP, UN partners, and communities. UNMAS also provides assistance to the Committee on Missing Persons to ensure safe access to areas it conducts activities and technical guidance to UNFICYP for small arms ammunition management.

ACTIVITIES

UNMAS activities facilitate the achievement of UNFICYP mandated objectives, as described in UN Security Council Resolution 2398 (January 2018), and support progress towards a mine-free Cyprus:

UNMAS Cyprus is funded by the United Nations peacekeeping assessed budget for UNFICYP for the 2017-18 fiscal year ending 30 June 2018. The resources cover technical capacity for planning and coordination; demining operations in 2017; quality assurance of UN activities; and data management of mine action information. Operational activities include non-technical surveys; awareness training for UNFICYP staff; and technical surveys, explosive ordnance disposal, and mine/ERW clearance and destruction in 2017.

Updated: March 2018

Programme of:

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UNMAS at Work: Towards a Mine-Free Cyprus

Mine Action in UNFICYP

Report of the Secretary-General on UNFICYP

Cambodian Demining Team Completes Mine-Clearing in Lefka-Aplici

[Video] International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2016


 

IMPACT

 

  • 199,783m² of land released in northern Cyprus since August 2016 to remove the threat of mines and to facilitate confidence building measures, agricultural activities, and livelihood activities.
  • 7 anti-tank mines recovered and destroyed; and six mortars removed.
  • 20,000m² of land released and unexploded ordnance (UXO) removed for the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to conduct safe operations and facilitate agricultural activities in Sector 4.
  • 101,891m² of land released in the buffer zone through battle area clearance and technical survey to facilitate safe UNFICYP operations and confidence building measures.
  • UXO removal, field support, technical advice, and training for the Committee on Missing Persons to safely conduct operations and promote reconciliation between the communities.
  • Awareness training for UNFICYP personnel to enhance force protection and facilitate operations in areas potentially contaminated with mines/UXO.
  • Data analysis of information on “suspected hazardous areas” to prepare for future surveys and clearance when access to the sites becomes available.