(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 26. Mine
clearance should not be the responsibility of only countries that
have been affected by mines, former Croatian President Stjepan
Mesić said at the international "Combating Mines - the way to
Sustainable Development Goals" conference in Baku, trend reports.
He noted that other countries and the international
community should share responsibility in mine clearance, help the
country affected by mines.
"Civilians are seriously affected by mines. The mine
clearance process in Croatia is still ongoing. And the main reason
for this is that we do not have maps of minefields. Mine clearance
should not be the responsibility of only the countries that have
been affected by mines,” Stjepan Mesić said.
“We have a responsibility to future generations, so we
must not only deal with mine clearance and combat mines, but fight
for peace and cooperation, not for war and conflict,” he added.
Following the liberation of its lands, Azerbaijan from
Nov. 2020 started carrying out operations on clearing its lands
from mines, booby traps, and various weapons left behind by the
According to the Defense Ministry, a total of up to
30,420 hectares of Azerbaijani land have been cleared of mines and
unexploded ordnance by the engineer-sapper units in the liberated
territories so far.
In total, 10,206 anti-personnel mines, 2,580 anti-tank
mines and 10,446 units of unexploded ordnance were detected and
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