Azerbaijan, NATO to Sign New Agreement on Mine Clearing
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 March / Trend corr I. Alizade/ Azerbaijan and NATO will sign a new agreement due to beginning of the third stage of clearance of unexploded ammunition which remained after the Soviet Union in the Agstafa region of Azerbaijan.
"At present, the Director of Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) Nazim Ismayilov is negotiating with the NATO officials in Brussels," Azerbaijan's Ambassador to NATO Kamil Khasiyev told the journalists in Baku on 6 March.
A military base of the USSR Defence Ministry was located in the Saloglu village of Azerbaijan's Agstafa region. After the base was shut down, the ammunition spread over the region. NATO two times allotted funds for clearing the area. According to ANAMA, last year 714,720 sq m were cleared from unexploded mines.
The work is also being carried out in the Terter, Agdam, Fizuli, Goranboy, Khojavand regions. Since 2001, as a result of 91 explosions, 56 people died and 127 suffered serious injuries.
The time and terms for signing of the new agreement between Azerbaijan and NATO will be defined after the completion of negotiations.