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Turkey to demine its border with Armenia

  • by Marianna Mkrtchyan

  • Monday, February 10, 15:57

 The borderline territories in the east of Turkey will be demined, with the mines to be replaced by modern alerting systems, reports Aksam.

According to the newspaper, the project will cost some 52.450mln EUR, with the European Union ready to provide 75% of the money. 

Turkey's General Staff and Interior Ministry have already started the activities. As a result of the project, an area of 11,665,641 sq m will be cleared from mines, to be later guarded by 26 patrol cars. 

Aksam wonders if this measure will be followed by the opening of the border with Armenia or not. "This may happen if Armenia gives Azerbaijan back some of its occupied territories. This will make possible the railway service between Turkey and Armenia," the newspaper says, reminding its readers that active construction work is being carried out in Igdir, the Turkish province bordering on Armenia.

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