"The UN continues to stand for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the issue of mine clearance. Such cooperation would be useful," UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai said during the Second Karabakh War and Mines webinar organized by the Center for Analysis of International Relations (AIR), Report informs.
During his speech, Isaczai noted that the return of internally displaced persons, of course, will depend on the process of demining the liberated territories and the rehabilitation of these lands.
“We are glad to see that demining is a priority for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) did a good job of demining from the consequences of the first Karabakh war. During my five years of work in Azerbaijan, I saw the professionalism of ANAMA, and what a great job they are doing,” noted the UN resident coordinator.
He reminded that earlier the UN allocated $2 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to support the organization’s ongoing humanitarian activities in the conflict-affected regions of Azerbaijan, and $1 million was allocated to support ANAMA in training personnel, equipping and deploying emergency response teams for mine clearance and unexploded ordnance disposal. Ghulam Isaczai noted that the UN will continue cooperation with the Azerbaijani side in the field of mine clearance.