The surveillance of Europe's southern borders has become a regional priority. The European continent is having to cope with the relatively large-scale arrival of migratory flows by boat from Africa, reaching Europe mainly through Italy, Malta, Spain, Greece and Cyprus.
20 January 2011 - United Nations de-miners have removed over 27,000 landmines from the buffer zone in Cyprus over the past six years, the UN envoy to the country said today, while announcing that the mine action programme will come to an end next month due to lack of access to remaining minefields.
"Now having reached a critical stage, we are at the point where the current UN de-mining operations in Cyprus will come to an end," said Lisa Buttenheim, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cyprus.
"Lacking access to the remaining minefields in the buffer …