Turkey acceded to the Convention on 25 September 2003, and the Convention entered into force for Turkey on 1 March 2004. 

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 1 October 2004, Turkey reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.

At the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties, Turkey reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. In total, Turkey reported having destroyed nearly 3 million landmines.

Retained Mines (Article 3)

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques. As of 2018, Turkey has reported having retained 9,303 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. Turkey has indicated that it plans to use a minimum of 700 anti-personal mines for mine clearance training along the Syrian border. They were also used during the Partnership for Peace Training Centre Mine and for EOD courses.

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency report Turkey indicated that there were areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are known or suspected to be emplaced. 

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Turkey undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 March 2014.

On 28 March 2013 Turkey submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline was set for 1 March 2022.

On 17 March 2015, Turkey acted upon the decisions of the Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties by submitting an updated work plan for the implementation of Article 5 of the Convention.

Extension Request

Turkey's Extension Request Received 28 March 2013 PDF 655KB

Annexes to the Extension Request

Annex A: Sample Minefield Records PDF 5.1MB
Annex B: Syrian Border Mine Clearance Standards
PDF 4MB
Annex C: Sample Pictures for Mined Areas
PDF 0.9MB

Turkey's Extension Request Executive Summary PDF115KB

Turkey's Extension Request Analysis PDF129KB

Turkey's Extension Request Decision PDF69KB



Turkey's 2017 Article 7 transparency report


Update on Cooperation and Assistance, June 2018 and November 2018


Update on Victim Assistance, June 2018


Update on Article 5 Implementation, June 2018 and November 2018


Turkey’s updated work plan for Article 5 implementation,
17 March 2015 PDF 685KB


Press Release | Turkey announces it has destroyed its anti-personnel mines stockpile English PDF 312KB | Khmer PDF 209KB

Turkey announces it has destroyed its anti-personnel mines stockpile English PDF 312KB | Khmer PDF 209KB - See more at: www.apminebanconvention.org/press-room/press-release-archives/archives-2011/

Turkey announces it has destroyed its anti-personnel mines stockpile English PDF 312KB | Khmer PDF 209KB - See more at: www.apminebanconvention.org/press-room/press-release-archives/archives-2011/

Turkey announces it has destroyed its anti-personnel mines stockpile English PDF 312KB | Khmer PDF 209KB


In 2011, Serhan YIGIT of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Turkey had completed its stockpile destruction

Snapshots of Turkey at Convention-related activities on Flickr.