After several years of delays, Turkey’s Parliament has passed a bill for clearing more than 1 million landmines, mostly in Turkey’s southern and eastern border areas. Industry sources say several contracts, big and small, are on the way.

The law orders the founding of a National Mine Center and tasks it with “making policy, strategy and work plans to remove threats from landmines and other unexploded ammunitions.” The center also will set up and operate an information management system.

“Eventually, this effort will bring in several contracts for specialized companies, Turkish and foreign,” said one industry executive who deals with munitions. “Contracts will involve both clearance work and equipment.” […]