UN solder killed in demining accident.Byline: Stefanos Evripidou
A MEMBER of the Mine Action Centre Cyprus (MACC MACC Master of Accountancy
MACC Mexican American Cultural Center (Texas)
MACC Moberly Area Community College (Missouri)
MACC Mine Action Coordination Center ) was killed yesterday in a demining Demining is the process of removing landmines or naval mines from an area. There are two distinct types of mine detection and removal: military and humanitarian. Mine clearance
In the combat zone, the process is referred to as mine clearance. accident in the buffer zone buffer zone
A neutral area between hostile or belligerent forces that serves to prevent conflict.
Noun 1. buffer zone , the group's first fatality in five years of work on the island.
The 39-year-old Femisberto Novele, a MACC member from Mozambique, died after an anti-tank mine An anti-tank mine, (abbreviated to "AT mine"), is a type of land mine designed to damage or destroy vehicles including tanks and armoured fighting vehicles.
Compared to anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines typically have a much larger explosive charge, and a fuze designed exploded at approximately 8am yesterday in a minefield near Yeri, some 10 kilometres south-east of Nicosia.
The UN's Special Representative in Cyprus and head of UNFICYP UNFICYP United Nations Forces In Cyprus , Taye-Brook Zerihoun, said he was saddened and shocked to learn of the accident. The death was a tragic reminder of the dangers landmines still pose in Cyprus, said Zerihoun. He conveyed condolences to the bereaving family on behalf of the United Nations team in Cyprus.
The MACC is a project of the United Nations Development Programme's Partnership for the Future, funded by the EU. It has removed and destroyed more than 14,000 mines since 2004, with the support of UNFICYP.
A total of 57 minefields have been cleared to date, covering more than 6.5 million square metres of land. The work of MACC has made it possible to open crossing points between the north and south of the island, including at Ledra Street in Nicosia, and to return land to farmers, Zerihoun has previously said.
"The job is difficult but it is possible", he said. Aa"Provided there is a concerted demonstration of political will and continued funding, we can rid the buffer zone of landmines by April 2011. The people of Cyprus deserve no less," he said at an event earlier this year.
According to AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. , nine people, including deminers and civilians, were injured by mines in the buffer zone last year.
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