I found an article of the Mine Action Information Center at the JMU
with a passage which answers your question.
If you want to know more detailed information take a look under
"Following a high-profile incident in 1956 when smugglers shot two
Turkish customs agents dead, the Turkish army laid landmines along
Turkey's border with Syria. The anti-personnel landmines were meant to
discourage the smuggling activity between the two countries. After the
beginning of the insurgency of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in
1984, the Turkish-Syrian border was utilized by the insurgents also,
which prompted the Turkish army to lay more anti-personnel landmines
between 1989 and 1998. Under its Ottawa obligations, Turkey has not
laid any more anti-personnel landmines since 1998."
--- In ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org, sbudin@... wrote:
> Slightly off-topic here, but does anyone on the list know when the
> mine fields now being removed from Karkami$ were originally set in
> place? Are they WWI, WWII, or even more recent?
> Many Thanks!
> Stephanie Budin