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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, demining capacity, quality assurance oversight, and data management for 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 to UNFICYP for explosive ordnance disposal call out tasks.


UNMAS activities facilitate the achievement of UNFICYP mandated objectives, as described in UN Security Council Resolution 2369 (July 2017), and support progress towards a mine-free Cyprus:


UNMAS Programme in 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 in 2017-18; and technical surveys, explosive ordnance disposal, and mine/ERW clearance and destruction in 2017.

Updated: October 2017

Programme of:


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



  • 199,783m² of land released in northern Cyprus since August 2016 removing the threat of mines and facilitating confidence building measures, safe 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.

  • Release of 100,225m² of land in the buffer zone through battle area clearance to facilitate safe air operations for UNFICYP.

    Removal of UXO, field support, technical advice, and training for the Committee on Missing Persons to safely conduct field operations and promote reconciliation between the communities.

  • UNFICYP mine action technical standards and guidelines were fully updated to conform to International Mine Action Standards. The standards ensure safe UN mine clearance operations.

  • Data analysis of information on “suspect hazardous areas” to prepare for future surveys and clearance when access to the sites becomes available.