By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan’s National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) detected an anti-personnel mine in Aghdam region of Azerbaijan, the Agency told Trend on July 12.
The mine was found and neutralized in the Afetly village of Aghdam by ANAMA’s minesweepers.
Overall, the Agency viewed three acreages, eight shell craters, discovered and defused one anti-personnel mine, inspected and cleansed an area of 14,500 square meters on July 12.
Currently, special rapid response teams of ANAMA with minesweeper dogs continue their operations for detecting UXOs in the border settlements.
Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a lengthy war that ended with signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.
While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, the occupation of the territory of the sovereign State with its internationally recognized boundaries has been left out of due attention of the international community for years.
Armenia ignores four UN Security Council resolutions on immediate withdrawal from the occupied territory of Azerbaijan, thus keeping tension high in the region.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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