Gov’t to re­turn minefield land to Kin­men res­i­dents

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (NDC) said that res­i­dents in Kin­men can re­quest the re­turn of land req­ui­si­tioned by the mil­i­tary prior to 1971 for seed­ing with land­mines.

With the end­ing of the mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion be­tween the two sides of the Tai­wan Strait, the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense in­structed the Kin­men De­fense Com­mand to trace, defuse and re­move all land­mines de­ployed in 154 sites around the is­land be­tween 1956 and 1992.

Ac­cord­ing to the NDC, the mine­fields, mostly in coastal re­gions, cov­ered 307 hectares of land, and by June 2013, all had been re­moved.

Sug­gest­ing that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, while mak­ing de­vel­op­ment plans for the land, should take into con­sid­er­a­tion the rights of lo­cal res­i­dents to their land, the Min­istry of the In­te­rior drafted a re­vi­sion of the Off­shore Is­land De­vel­op­ment Act, reg­u­lat­ing con­di­tions un­der which Kin­men res­i­dents can ap­ply for the re­turn of their land.

On May 26, a third read­ing of the re­vised act passed the Leg­isla­tive Yuan and it was pro­mul­gated by the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice June 10.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­vised act, Kin­men res­i­dents wish­ing to get their land back should sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions en­closed with the proper doc­u­ments or cred­i­ble proof of own­er­ship from neigh­bors or mag­is­trates to the Kin­men County Gov­ern­ment’s land ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice within the next five years.

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