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Turkey asks NATO to help clear mines near Syria

Turkey asks NATO to help clear mines near Syria

Turkey is seeking help from NATO to help clear land mines from the country's border with Syria.
The announcement Tuesday by the Defense Ministry ends a dispute over who would do the job.
The military and opposition parties had strongly opposed a government-drafted law that allowed private foreign companies to clear the mines in return for the right to farm the fertile land for up to 44 years.
The Defense Ministry says talks have begun with the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency, which is NATO's principal logistics support management agency.
Turkey, a NATO member and U.S. ally, planted more than half a million mines along the 500-kilometer (310-mile) Syrian border in the 1950s to secure the frontier.


Updated : 2021-01-23 01:30 GMT+08:00