HC Deb 11 January 1999 vol 323 cc79-80W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of active landmines which are buried in the(a) Republic of Cyprus and (b) occupied area of Northern Cyprus. [64296]

Ms Quin

A UN Mine Action Service paper of November 1998 reported an estimated total of 16,942 landmines in Cyprus. In June 1998 the UN Secretary-General's report on the United Nations operation in Cyprus stated that there are 38 minefields and booby-trapped areas inside the UN buffer zone and a further 73 within 500m of it. It confirmed that UNFICYP continues to seek precise information about minefields from both sides.

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