Azerbaijani mine agency defuses over 700 mines, munitions in liberated lands
Some 735 mines and unexploded ordnance were discovered and defused in the Azerbaijani liberated territories on May 9-14, the Mine Action Agency (ANAMA) has said in a weekly report.
During the demining operations, the agency discovered 183 anti-personnel, 59 anti-tank mines, and 493 unexploded ordnances in Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Shusha, Gubadli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan regions, the report added.
A 399-hectare-area was cleared of mines and unexploded ordnances during the reported period.
Armenia alleged it submitted to Azerbaijan all mine maps of the liberated territories following the talks through the mediation of the Russian Defence Ministry on December 4, 2021.
On March 2, Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov stated that the low accuracy of Armenia's minefield maps of Azerbaijani liberated territories slows the mine-clearance process.
"The demining operations are underway, but people are still losing their lives. From the end of the 44-day Second Karabakh War to the present, over 200 people have become victims of mine explosions in liberated lands," Bayramov said at that point.
He added that the high mine contamination of the liberated territories hinders the return of former internally displaced persons to their native lands.
ANAMA, along with partner countries, is carrying out demining activities on its liberated territories. Moreover, the State Border Service and the Defence Ministry are also engaged in demining activities in the liberated lands.
Armenia deliberately and constantly planted mines on Azerbaijani territories, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention, thereby being a major threat to regional peace, security, and cooperation.
Previously, on June 12, Azerbaijan handed over 15 Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map detailing the location of 97,000 mines in formerly-occupied Aghdam.
On July 3, Armenia submitted to Azerbaijan maps of about 92,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines planted during the occupation of Fuzuli and Zangilan regions.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a Russian-brokered peace agreement on November 10, 2020, to end the 44-day fighting in Karabakh and work toward a comprehensive peace deal.