Government to return former minefield land to residents in Kinmen

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/06/23
By C.W. Chen and Lillian Li

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The National Development Council (NDC) said Tuesday that

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

residents in Kinmen can request the return of land requisitioned by the military prior to 1971 for seeding with landmines.

With the ending of the military confrontation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of National Defense instructed the Kinmen Defense Command to trace, defuse and remove all landmines deployed in 154 sites around the island between 1956 and 1992.

According to the NDC, the minefields, mostly in coastal regions, covered 307 hectares of land, and by June 2013, all had been removed.     [FULL  STORY]

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