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UN's Cambodian demining teams clear shifting land mines in ethnically-split Cyprus

  • A U.N. Cambodian specialist of  mine detecting e team walks at a dirt road during a demining demonstration in the U.N. buffer zone (Green Line) near the Mammari village between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas outside of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. United Nations officials say a 17,000 square meter parcel of farmland situated inside a no man’s land in ethnically divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be returned for grazing and cultivation.  (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A U.N. Cambodian specialist of mine detecting e team walks at a dirt road during a demining demonstration in the U.N. buffer zone (Green Line) near the Mammari village between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas outside of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. United Nations officials say a 17,000 square meter parcel of farmland situated inside a no man’s land in ethnically divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be returned for grazing and cultivation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A U.N. Cambodian specialist from a  demining team uses mine detecting device during a demining demonstration in the U.N. buffer zone (Green Line) near the Mammari village between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas outside of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. United Nations officials say a 17,000 square meter parcel of farmland situated inside a no man’s land in ethnically divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be returned for grazing and cultivation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A U.N. Cambodian specialist from a demining team uses mine detecting device during a demining demonstration in the U.N. buffer zone (Green Line) near the Mammari village between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas outside of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. United Nations officials say a 17,000 square meter parcel of farmland situated inside a no man’s land in ethnically divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be returned for grazing and cultivation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.N. Cambodian specialists  from mine detecting  team are seen during a demining demonstration in the U.N. buffer zone (Green Line) near the Mammari village between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas outside of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. United Nations officials say a 17,000 square meter  parcel of farmland situated inside a no man’s land in ethnically divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be returned for grazing and cultivation.  (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    U.N. Cambodian specialists from mine detecting team are seen during a demining demonstration in the U.N. buffer zone (Green Line) near the Mammari village between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas outside of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. United Nations officials say a 17,000 square meter parcel of farmland situated inside a no man’s land in ethnically divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be returned for grazing and cultivation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

U.N. officials say a parcel of farmland situated inside no-man's land in ethnically-divided Cyprus is now clear of land mines and will be released for grazing and cultivation.

U.N. Peacekeeping Force Commander Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund says a Cambodian demining team located and disposed of two anti-tank mines and five anti-personnel mine fragments that had shifted into the U.N.-controlled area from an adjacent Turkish Cypriot minefield during winter floods.

The parcel of land was 17,000 square meters (183,000 square feet). The mines are a vestige of a 1974 Turkish invasion triggered by a coup that aimed to unite Cyprus with Greece.

Lund said Wednesday there's now "real momentum" to move ahead with ridding the island nation of all remaining minefields.