Turkey has destroyed over 3 million stockpiled landmines and spent over $2 million on landmine clearance since 2004. However, Muteber Ogreten, head of ‘A Turkey Without Landmines,’ recently reported to the Times of India that Turkey this only constitutes around 1% of the country’s landmine-affected areas. Ogreten claims that there are still over one million landmines, (mostly in southeastern Turkey), that require clearance, affecting over 3,500 areas. According to Turkish press sources, landmines have claimed 975 lives in the last 9 years.
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