(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
SHUSHA, Azerbaijan, February 7. The new
landmine clearance project will allow over 3,000 former internally
displaced persons (IDPs) of Azerbaijan to their native lands, UNDP
(the United Nations Development Program) Resident Representative
a.i. in Azerbaijan Nuno Queirós said, trend reports.
Queirós made the remark during an event dedicated to the launch
of 'Support for increasing the capacity of the Azerbaijan National
Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) for the safe return of former IDPs'
He also noted that the funds of the European Union (EU) were
invested in the implementation of this project.
'We thank the EU for the assistance and the investment of 4.25
million euro, thanks to which more than 3,000 people will be able
to return to their homelands. This project is being implemented by
the UNDP in cooperation with ANAMA and the Government of
Azerbaijan,' Queirós added.
Besides, he said that, within the framework of the
above-mentioned project, the first female sapper team will also be
In 2022, the demining operations in Azerbaijan's liberated areas
resulted in clearance of 8,780 anti-personnel and 4,133 anti-tank
landmines, as well as 14,950 unexploded ordnances. About 41,915
hectares of land have been cleared of mines and unexploded
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