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Bond actor Daniel Craig visits mines in Cyprus on U.N. mission

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 01:27

Oct 13 - Actor Daniel Craig visits a Cyprus mine field as part of his U.N.-mandated role as global advocate against the use of landmines and explosives.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) His James Bond character might blow things up and kill for a living, but actor Daniel Craig was in Cyprus on Tuesday to see first hand the perils of unexploded ordnance littering the ethnically-split island. Craig, whose new Bond movie "Spectre" comes out later this month, spent two days in Cyprus as part of his U.N.-mandated role as global advocate against the use of landmines and explosives. A 180-km (115-mile) ceasefire line slicing through Cyprus is laced with landmines, even though the United Nations have removed thousands over the years. "It's been an extraordinary experience because I've been able to sort of get close to the people working on ground, the miners." the United Nations global advocate Craig said.. Craig visited an active minefield close to the ceasefire line splitting Cyprus on Monday, only recently identified by peacekeepers. "I'm used to being near explosives I suppose but nothing like this, you really understand when you hear these things go off, not just the amount of damage they can potentially do but sort of the terror it strikes into people that are anywhere near them when they're just sitting there silently just waiting for a target," Craig said. Over the last decade United Nations de-miners have removed over 27,000 landmines from the UN buffer zone in Cyprus. A total of 74 minefields or 9.7 square kilometers of land have been cleared throughout the buffer zone. "It would be great, it would be nice to believe I will be the first and last Global Advocate to see landmines to be here before Cyprus becomes completely mine free," Craig said. The UN estimates that thousands of landmines still remain in Cyprus and large areas of land could still be contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance. Cyprus was split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief coup by militant Greek Cypriots seeking union with Greece.

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Bond actor Daniel Craig visits mines in Cyprus on U.N. mission

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 01:27