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MFA: International community should mobilize efforts to eliminate landmine threat in Azerbaijan

28 May 2024 16:55 (UTC+04:00)
MFA: International community should mobilize efforts to eliminate landmine threat in Azerbaijan

Armenia-planted landmines countinue to kill and maim Azerbaijanis in recently liberated territories, Azernews reports citing the post shared by Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry on its official "X" account.

"Despite extensive efforts, demining operations face many challenges due to Armenia’s refusal to hand over accurate maps displaying the locations of the landmines," the post reads.

Note that Today, 27 years old ANAMA employee was severely injured and his foot was amputated as a result of a landmine explosion in Sirkhavand village.

Despite attempts at formally requesting information about the location of those mines, Armenia repeatedly denied that it possessed the relevant information and refused to engage on the issue.

Finally, in February this year, Armenia has submitted 8 minefield maps of territories located in the liberated lands to Azerbaijan. These maps cover some of the areas along the former contact line. However, the maps covering part of the former contact line passing through Khojavand, Tartar, and Goranboy districts, as well as the areas mined by Armenian military units when they retreated in November 2020, has not been submitted yet.

Many have suspicions about these maps because previous minefield maps submitted by Armenia were inaccurate. Only 25 percent of these maps were correct. Especially submitting minefield maps of the height where civilians do not live increases this suspicion. It is also worth noting that more than 55% of recent landmine cases have occurred outside the areas covered by the information provided.

The behavior that Armenia displayed by relation to the landmine threat is indeed another setback to the peace and confidence-building measures taken during the post-conflict period in the region.

It is worth noting that because of Azerbaijan's liberated territories remain contaminated with mine, the new infrastructure and green energy projects remains a risky and problematic goal. These obstacles to a legal peace are part of the challenges facing the repopulation, development and integration of the liberated territories on the path to a full peace.

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