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05 July 2022 [12:00] - Today.Az
By Vugar Khalilov
The Azerbaijani Mine Action Agency (ANAMA) has defused some 1,812 mines and unexploded ordnances in the liberated land from 1 to 30 June, Azernews reports, citing the agency.
During the demining operations, the agency discovered 303 anti-personnel, 236 anti-tank mines, and 1,273 unexploded ordnances in Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Shusha, Gubadli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan regions, the report elaborates.
Some 2,723.4-ha-area was cleared of mines and unexploded ordnances during the period in question.
Furthermore, the agency neutralized 11,858 anti-personnel, 5,959 anti-tank mines, and 17,314 unexploded ordnances from November 10, 2020 to June 30, 2022, the report added.
Some 14,390.2 hectares were cleared of munitions in the said period.
Armenia alleged it handed over to Azerbaijan all minefield maps of liberated territories following the talks through the mediation of the Russian Defence Ministry on December 4, 2021.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov stated that the low accuracy of Armenia's minefield maps of Azerbaijani liberated territories slows the mine-clearance process.
"The demining operations are underway, but people are still losing their lives. From the end of the 44-day Second Karabakh War to the present, over 200 people have become victims of mine explosions in liberated lands," Bayramov said at that point.
He added that the high mine contamination of the liberated territories hinders the return of former internally displaced persons to their native lands.
ANAMA, along with partner countries, is carrying out demining activities on its liberated territories. Moreover, the State Border Service and the Defense Ministry are also engaged in demining activities in the liberated lands.
Armenia deliberately and constantly planted mines on Azerbaijani territories, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention, thereby being a major threat to regional peace, security, and cooperation.