Deputy PM: Highly qualified sappers trained in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 8 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Highly qualified sappers were trained in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov said at an event to complete the "Saloglu Project" on cleaning the unexploded ordinance. The project was carried out jointly by NATO and the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA).
Sharifov said that there are currently over 500 professionals working under ANAMA, which has operated since 1998 and is equipped with the latest technology.
"Over the past 13-14 years, only one sapper died while clearing mines. This is a good percentage compared to global statistics," Sharifov said.
He said the matter is not just about the disposal of mines, but also the safety of people living in areas where unexploded ammunition exists. Quite a lot of work was completed in this area in 2010.
Sharifov said that after the Karabakh conflict is settled, ANAMA will focus on mine clearance operations in the liberated territories.
He also noted that cooperation with NATO is not limited to the "Saloglu Project" and will continue with other projects.