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Craig seeks to erase spectre of landmines

In this photo released by the United Nations in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on Oct 13, the British actor Daniel Craig speaks with a UN specialist mine detecting team member at the minefields in the UN controlled buffer zone on the divided island of Cyprus. (AP)
In this photo released by the United Nations in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on Oct 13, the British actor Daniel Craig speaks with a UN specialist mine detecting team member at the minefields in the UN controlled buffer zone on the divided island of Cyprus. (AP)

NICOSIA, Oct 14, (AFP): Daniel Craig’s latest mission has taken him to Cyprus but not as super spy James Bond, as a UN advocate for the elimination of landmines.

The 47-year-old British actor — best known for his role in the 007 series — was visiting the divided Mediterranean island on his first mission since being named the UN’s Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards in April.

Coming less than two weeks before the release of the latest Bond blockbuster “Spectre”, Craig’s two-day visit saw him watching deminers at work in an active minefield.

“I very much hope that I will be the first and last Global Advocate to see landmines on this beautiful island,” he was quoted as saying in UN statement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and seized its northern third in response to a Greek-backed military coup to join Nicosia with Athens.

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