Развивается проект НАТО по разминированию в Азербайджане

  • 08 Jul. 2014 -
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  • Last updated 14-Jul-2014 09:15

Джейранчель, на северо-востоке Азербайджана, занимает площадь примерно в 62 квадратных километра вдоль границы с Грузией. С 1955 до 1991 гг. бывшая Советская армия использовала эту территорию в качестве стрельбища для боевых стрельб. Здесь остались неразорвавшиеся боеприпасы и мины, многие из которых находятся под землей и представляют угрозу для безопасности и средств существования.

In 2012, a NATO Trust Fund was set up to help Azerbaijan clear the area of this deadly legacy and now, two years later, Phase I is complete, with 19 square kilometres cleared. In September 2013, 132 live mines and 12,318 live UXO had been found. Phase II of the project will focus on the clearance of the central 23 square kilometres of the Jeyranchel Range over the next 24 months.

A ceremony to mark the handover of land and the opening of Phase II of the Jeyranchel Clearance Project took place in Baku on 8 July. Senior representatives from NATO, the NATO Support Agency (NSPA), the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) and the Azerbaijan Government, as well as staff and invited guests from the diplomatic and donor community attended the event, which included a presentation and display of equipment.

The Trust Fund project is an example of the enhanced cooperation between NATO and Azerbaijan.

"Azerbaijan has contributed a lot to NATO, in particular to NATO operations,” the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai said. “This project allows NATO to do something very concrete in return, that is to enhance the everyday safety and security of Azerbaijani citizens living near the areas that used to be contaminated with unexploded ordnance," he explained.