With assistance of the Government of Slovenia with support of the Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Azerbaijan, Mr. Elman Aliyev, Landmine Victim from Azerbaijan will undergo rehabilitation treatment at Slovenian Institute for Rehabilitation (IRRS) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Mr. Aliyev will receive prosthesis and complete rehabilitation treatment through support of International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) and IRRS. Sponsors for the initiative are a number of both local and international organizations in Azerbaijan. Aliyev Elman Malik was born in 1975 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In May 1993 he was called in the Azerbaijan Military service as private soldier. During army operations in March 1994 in Fizuli district occupied by Armenian forces he stepped on the landmine and was heavily injured. His left leg and the upper part of his left shoulder were wounded. After primary treatment at the army field hospital he was transported to Baku hospital for further medical care He was operated eight times and when in 1999 osteomyelitis developed in his left leg and all repeated surgeries didn't bring any improvement, Aliyev Elman on his own initiative requested that his leg will be amputated. The amputation was performed in the year 2000. 27.02.06 IMSMA 4.0 ROLL-OUT - JANUARY 25, 2006, ISTANBUL On 25 January 2006, the Regional IMSMA 4.0 Roll-Out Workshop took place in Istanbul, Turkey. National agencies, international and local NGOs involved in mine action from South-East Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North-East Africa were represented. The Workshop was organized by Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) supporting the efforts in reducing the impact of mines and unexploded ordnances world-wide. New version of IMSMA - Information Management System for Mine Action is one of the tools developed by GICHD allowing better planning, management and accounting for demining was presented. The main features of IMSMA 4.0 are the following: In contrast to previous versions here one has GIS (Geographical Information System) embedded into the System. IMSMA will be completed with space imagery up to 5m resolution. Data entry will be performed in display forms like report forms used for data gathering. One will be able to develop and use own report forms. It will be possible to evaluate last developments in operations related to particular hazardous area. 14.02.06 NEW EOD SPECIALISTS TRAINED FOR SALOGLU PROJECT 10 February 2006, Khanlar district: 36 new recruits received Certificates of UXO Specialist Training Course - Level I. The 45-day Training has been conducted by ANAMA Training and Quality Assurance Team in cooperation with United States European Command (USEUCOM). The training initially planned for two months, was extended for additional two weeks due to unfavorable weather conditions. Upon completion of the Training Course new UXO operators have been already put in operations under NATO NAMSA - ANAMA joint project on the clearance of Unexploded Ordnances in Saloglu village of Aghstafa district. (for more information please see: http://www.anama.baku.az/frames/_anama_news.htm#221105) In his opening speech Director of ANAMA Mr. Nazim Ismaylov talked about the importance of UXO Clearance Project for the population living in war-torn areas of Azerbaijan and particularly emphasized a role of NATO in support of demining operations. Mr. Erik Stephens, Navy Attache of US Embassy in Azerbaijan in his speech touched upon US Government support to Mine Action in Azerbaijan. According to him the US Government is committed to continue its contributions to help to eliminate the threat of explosive remnants of war in Azerbaijan. NATO-NAMSA Technical Supervisor for Saloglu Project Mr. Hakan Ozjan in his address to participants came up with a role of Turkey as a leading nation for the Saloglu Project and highlighted the expertise ANAMA demonstrates in Mine Action. By the end of the ceremony two mine victims selected from ANAMA database were presented the wheelchairs by US EUCOM representative and his local assistant contributed as a private donation. 21.01.06 THE GOVERNMENT OF SAUDI ARABIA DONATE US$ 50 000 TO SUPPORT MINE ACTION IN AZERBAIJAN 01 February 2006: official ceremony of contribution of 50,000 US$ to the Mine Action in Azerbaijan took place at ANAMA HQs. The Government of Saudi Arabia joined a list of Donors to eliminate threat by explosive remnants of war in war-torn areas. Contamination of the huge number of buildings and infrastructure is one of the aspects of mine problem in Azerbaijan where houses and surrounding areas prevail. This fact has been proved by the SAC-conducted Landmine Impact Survey in 2002-2003 in Azerbaijan according to which the regions with high level impacted houses and surrounding areas were emphasized. Constant requests on detection of mine/UXOs within houses as well as requests received from local authorities and residents of various districts demonstrate the urgent need for house clearance activities. Funds donated by the Government of Saudi Arabia will be allocated to support the projects for clearance of houses and surrounding areas from mine and unexploded ordnances (UXOs). The contribution is considered to be the first step in cooperation between ANAMA and the Government of Saudi Arabia. In his opening speech Mr. Nazim Ismaylov, Director of ANAMA talked about the scope of mine problem in Azerbaijan and emphasized sustainable national mine action capacity in place due to the contributions of different countries and organizations. ANAMA has been already involved in such kind operations in 2004 and 2005 when 222 houses were cleared in Fizuli district as requested by the Norwegian Refugee Council. Last activities took place in December 2005 following the request by the resident of Aghdam district Mahrizli village. As a result of operations UXO detected at the depth of 5 meters was successfully removed and destroyed. At the completion of clearance operations residents are being provided with certificates ensuring safe use of the territories with no mine and UXO threat. According to H.E. Mr. Hassan Jaafar, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Azerbaijan this is the first contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Mine Action field in Azerbaijan. In his speech the Ambassador expressed the willingness of the Government of Saudi Arabia to continue a support of demining activities and thus facilitate the development of successful cooperation with the Government of Azerbaijan. H.E. Mr. Hassan Jaafar appreciated ANAMA for an important work in Mine Action and presented a cheque for US$ 50,000 to ANAMA. The presentation was delivered at the meeting reporting Agency house clearance activities in contaminated regions of the country. The event received wide media coverage comprising five leading TV stations in Azerbaijan, newspapers and Information Agencies. 21.01.06 GENERAL CHARLES F. "CHUCK" WALD, DEPUTY COMMANDER OF USEUCOM DEPUTY COMMAND COMMENDS AZERBAIJAN MINE ACTION PROGRAM President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met on January 19 with General Charles F. "Chuck" Wald, the Deputy Commander of the Headquarters of the U.S. European Command, and accompanying delegation. General Charles Wald pointed out that his delegation had been impressed by Azerbaijan's achievements in military sphere. He appreciated the humanitarian demining projects implemented by the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action, ANAMA noting that activities of the agency could serve as a good example for other countries. On January 18 2006, General Charles F. "Chuck" Wald visited ANAMA HQs and met with Agency Director Mr. Nazim Ismaylov to discuss ongoing U.S. support for the Agency and humanitarian demining projects in Azerbaijan. Mr. Stuart Chenea, Mine Action Program Manager/USEUCOM and Ms. Deborah Netland from US Department of State were participating at the meeting. During the visit General Charles F. "Chuck" Wald accompanied with officials from USEUCOM was briefed on Azerbaijan Mine Action Program and the efforts ANAMA puts to eliminate mine and UXO threat to provide safe living conditions for the population of the country. Film reflecting mine and UXO problem in Azerbaijan and the ongoing demining operations in war-torn districts has been demonstrated and the presentation on USEUCOM active support to Azerbaijan Mine Action since year 2000 was delivered during the meeting. During the meeting the strategy of ANAMA-USEUCOM further cooperation as well as plans and projects for mine action in Azerbaijan have been discussed.| By the end of the meeting Certificate of Recognition was presented by Ms. Deborah Netland from US DoS "in acknowledgement of ANAMA's outstanding and professional efforts in successfully integrating mine detecting dogs into Azerbaijan's national humanitarian mine action program. ANAMA is commended for its continuing commitment to making Azerbaijan free from the impact of persistent landmines. The United States of America is honored to include Azerbaijan as a partner in the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program". 09.01.06 MINE VICTIM RECEIVES A GIFT FOR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY On the eve of the New Year 2006, ANAMA allocated some funds as a New Year present within Agency Mine Victim Assistance activity. 25 years old Mansur Maharramov, the resident of Fizuli district was injured in 1994 while grazing cattle. As a result of mine explosion Mansur Maharramov was paralyzed and stays in bed since then. Mine Victim Support Fund has been established in 2003 by ANAMA personnel at their own salaries to support victims of mines and UXOs. 05.01.06 ONE KILLED AS A RESULT OF UXO EXPLOSION in AGHSTAFA On 29 December 2005, at 3-6 p.m. UXO incident happened in one of the yards of Aghstafa district. As a result of UXO explosion 26 years old Nasibov Samir died while trying to saw the UXO in the yard of his neighbor. In year 2005, 49 people were injured and 10 people died in 16 mine and UXO related incidents. According to statistics, 48 people died and 101 people injured in 70 incidents from September 2001. 29.12.05 UXO REMOVED FROM YARD IN AGHDAM DISTRICT In December 2005 the Cabinet of Ministers of Republic of Azerbaijan received a request from the resident of Aghdam district's Mahrizli village Mr. Gadirov for the removal of the explosive remnant of the war stocked in the basement of his house. According to the task by the Cabinet of Ministers ANAMA and local authorities carefully investigated the area. Later on operational personnel of the Agency started the clearance process. ANAMA UXO Team identified the object as BM 21 rocket with 300 m killing range and analyzed its condition. To remove it in safety population was evacuated from the area surrounding the house. Aghdam police department tasked by the Ministry of Internal Affairs ensured evacuation and set up check points excluding any unauthorized entrance to the area as well. ANAMA UXO Team under the supervision of Mr. Madat Mammadov and led by Mr. Parviz Gidayev was deployed to the village on 22 December and carried out excavation and further destruction of the hazardous item. The object was found at a depth of 6 m from the ground-level, removed and destroyed. The whole operation took four days. On 27 December 2005, ANAMA received a telegram of appreciation from the householder Mr. Gadirov in which he expressed his deep gratitude to Government of Azerbaijan and ANAMA personnel for successful disposal operation and the efforts in providing safe living conditions for population of war-torn areas of the country. 07.12.05 AZERBAIJAN IS IN FAVOUR OF OTTAWA PROCESS According to the letter received from the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. A. Azimov, the resolution titled as "Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction" (A/C.1/60/L.56), presented by Austria, was one of the important for Azerbaijan between 60 others discussed during October 24 to November 1, 2005 at the First Committee (Disarmament) of UN General Assembly. First time the Republic of Azerbaijan voted for the resolution on Ottawa Convention though during the past years due to some well known reasons Azerbaijan has abstained to do this. Below is the statement of the representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan announcing the position of his state on the Resolution. During the past years, the Republic of Azerbaijan has abstained from voting for the Resolution entitled "Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on Their Destruction". Our country has been suffering from the landmine problem in consequence of the armed conflict resulted in the occupation of its territories. The Republic of Azerbaijan did not accede to the Ottawa Convention since our country was forced to use landmines as a measure of containment from possible resumption of hostilities. The Republic of Azerbaijan has supported from the outset the idea of having a comprehensive international legal document on prohibition of use, storage and transportation of antipersonnel mines. At the same time, without settlement of the armed conflict, restoration of territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and having a threat of hostility resumption, our country can not join the Ottawa Convention at this stage, even though Azerbaijan stopped planting of additional mines. The Republic of Azerbaijan hopes that in future, when the armed conflict is resolved and the Azerbaijani territories are not under occupation, our country will be able to become a full member of the Ottawa Convention and to contribute to resolving of the mine problem globally. However, taking into consideration the humanistic goals of the Resolution, the Republic of Azerbaijan will demonstrate its will to support the global endeavor of making the world free of the menace of mines and vote in favour of Resolution A/C.1/60/L.56 07.12.05 DEADLY MENACE OF THE WAR IS STILL POSING A THREAT TO PEOPLE On 03 December 2005, at 6-7 p.m. an AT mine went off when two locals of Aghdam district Chamanli village, 26-years Bayramov Rovshan Rafig oglu and his 15-years old nephew Bayramov Emin Zahid oglu were tilling the ground by tractor. As the result of the incident tractor collapsed and Bayramov Rovshan Rafig received minor injuries. Bayramov Emin had his leg broken and was injured by mine fragments. According to the information from Aghdam local authorities the place of the incident called Uzundara is being cultivated for already some years and no mine/UXO was found here before. Both injured were immediately evacuated to the local hospital and today are already at home with health improved. 03.12.05 MINE RISK EDUCATION EFFORTS GIVE EXPECTED RESULTS On 29 November 2005, the citizen of Fizuli district of Azerbaijan, 16 years old Maarif Gozalov while grazing a cattle in Ahmadalilar village found two antitank mines and reported to ANAMA demining team active in the region. Agency Emergency Response Team immediately visited the area and neutralized devices found. Recent incidents show that the MRE lessons integrated into school programs of borderline districts according to the MoU between Ministry of Education, UNICEF and ANAMA are of critical importance for children particularly. Children follow the precautions, do not touch unknown items and immediately report to local officials, teachers and parents when any device found. The way that Maarif Gozalov acted in this situation is highly appreciated and the children living in contaminated areas should take a pattern by him. For his due conduct Maarif Gozalov was rewarded by the Agency as well to encourage the children within Mine Risk Education Programme of ANAMA. 01.12.05 UXO KNOWLEDGE CREATION FOR NATO - AZERBAIJAN PROJECT Training for UXO specialists started at ANAMA Regional Base on 29 November 2005. The 45-day course for 34 recruits is delivered by ANAMA Training & Quality Assurance Team and is aimed at training of new EOD experts to be put in NATO NAMSA - ANAMA joint project on the clearance of Unexploded Ordnances in Saloglu village of Agstafa district. During the training the participants will receive knowledge in detecting and destruction of UXOs, the principles of demining and UXO operations planning procedures. The challenging UXO problem continues to pose immediate and ever-increasing threat to the overall security and safety of the local population. 148 incidents have been occurred over the recent years: 80 people have been injured and 31 have been killed. With funding provided by NATO and partner nations, namely Finland, Luxemburg, Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Slovenia and also UNDP, the project will start in January 2006 and continue for 16 months. The implementation of the project will further promote human and technical capabilities of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action that can be applied for other humanitarian projects of this kind in Azerbaijan in the future. 22.11.05 "UXO PROBLEM WORLDWIDE IS A HERITAGE OF COLD WAR" - NATO SECRETARY GENERAL SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE AT SALOGLU PROJECT INAUGURATION CEREMONY 18 November 2005: NATO Partnership for Peace project was put in force with participation of Mr. Robert Simmons, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative to South Caucasus and Central Asia. A vast area surrounding the former soviet military base at Agstafa region Saloglu and Poylu villages in the north-west part of the country is contaminated with the unexploded ordnances, UXOs. Stockpiled and scattered UXOs are one of the most daunting problems Azerbaijan is facing nowadays. This challenging problem continues to pose immediate threat to the security and safety of local population. In 148 incidents to date 80 people were injured and 31 killed. ANAMA as the executing Agency for the project was represented by its Director Mr. Nazim Ismaylov. In his opening speech Mr. Ismaylov talked about the scope of the UXO problem and emphasized high significance of the project launched within NATO PfP Program. According to Mr. Abid Sharifov, Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Azerbaijan, the Coordinator of the Project on behalf of the Government of Azerbaijan, some steps were taken by the Government of Azerbaijan to eliminate a threat posed by remnants of war. Talking on recent explosions in Saloglu, Mr. Sharifov underlined dire necessity for provision of safety for population living in mine and UXO contaminated areas. According to him Mine Risk Education project is being implemented jointly by UNICEF, Ministry of Education and ANAMA. As a result, MRE is being taught in 600 schools of frontier and borderline districts. Particular emphasis for MRE education was put on Saloglu area. In his speech Deputy Prime Minister touched upon NATO NAMSA role in the project and Protocol of Understanding signed accordingly between NAMSA and the Government of Azerbaijan. Considering the gravity of the situation, the project has been developed jointly by the Government of Azerbaijan, Donor states and international organizations. In his speech Mr. Sharifov particularly emphasized and highly appreciated the role of Turkey, the lead nation to the project and donor countries, namely USA, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Luxemburg, Australia, Slovenia and United Nations Development Programme, which made possible the initiation of UXO Clearance Project, the first project of NATO in Azerbaijan. Mr. Turan Morali, the Ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan representing a lead-nation for the Project in his address to participants underlined the utility of PfP program in South Caucasus. According to him, Azerbaijan wins as it benefits from cooperating with NATO, farmers will regain cultivable lands and utilized metal will be used in constructing safe children park. "UXO problem in Azerbaijan and worldwide is a heritage of cold war and its destruction will be a part of joint efforts within NATO humanitarian policy which will facilitate provision of safety for economical development of countries"- Mr. Robert Simmons, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative to South Caucasus and Central Asia emphasized. In his words, the Saloglu project is the first project the realization of which became one of actual results of cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO within PfP program. According to him, the idea of such a projects and Saloglu in particular is to involve as many countries as possible in implementation process and suchwise provide close cooperation within NATO. Documentary film by ANAMA reflected UXO problem in west part of Azerbaijan, demonstrated contaminated areas and showed dangerous conditions locals are forced to live in. Mr. Steve Brown, NAMSA Project Manager underscored the importance of the Project for Azerbaijan and NATO. Mr. Brown express gratitude to all Donors and particularly mentioned assistance of UNDP, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Araz Azimov and NATO HQ Staff Ms. Anne Suotula who have done considerable to realize this Project. Mr. Jumshud Musayev, Agstafa district Chief Executive talked about the hazard that population face in their day-to-day lives. In his words, for almost 15 years lands remained unused since contaminated with UXOs. However these lands could be successfully used in agricultural activities. Mr. Nizami Jafarov , the member of Parliament, recently elected from Agstafa in his turn promised he will try to give all the support in process of implementation of the project. Signing Ceremony took place at the meeting. The contract was signed by Mr. Nazim Ismaylov on behalf of ANAMA and Mr. Steve Brown on behalf of NAMSA. The Saloglu Project Inauguration Ceremony received wide media coverage with 5 leading TV stations, newspapers and information agencies. 14.11.05 UXO CLEARANCE PROJECT TO START NATO-Azerbaijan joint project on Clearance of Unexploded Ordnances in Saloglu village will be put in action on 18 November 2005. The Inauguration of Saloglu Project will be held with participation of H. E. Mr. Robert Simmons, Special Representative of the Secretary General of NATO to South Caucasus and Central Asia, Mr. Abid Sharifov, Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ambassadors of Diplomatic Missions to Azerbaijan. Signing of Contract also envisaged at the meeting. A vast area surrounding the former soviet military base at Agstafa region Saloglu and Poylu villages in the north-western part of the country are contaminated with the unexploded ordinances (UXO). The stockpiled and scattered UXOs are one of the most daunting problems Azerbaijan is facing nowadays. This challenging UXO problem continues to pose immediate and ever-increasing threat to the overall security and safety of the local population. 148 incidents have been occurred over the recent years: 80 people have been injured and 31 have been killed. Against the background of the risks and danger represented by this problem some measures have been taken by Azerbaijan. More than 1 mln square meters area has been cleared and more than 1.000 UXOs have been collected by Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action. Meanwhile, demarcation of the area and risk education program have been carried out with the view of raising awareness about existing problem among the local population. To resolve the problem, Azerbaijan has appealed to NATO for assistance in the clearance of the Saloglu area and destruction of stockpiled UXOs. As an initial step, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency has conducted the technical assessment of the site and consequently PfP Trust Fund on Saloglu project has been established. The total cost of the project is valued at 1,047,649 EURO. Azerbaijan as a host nation met all the commitments on the Project. With contributions from NATO and partner nations, namely Finland, Luxemburg, Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, USA, Australia, and also UNDP, required funding for the project has been raised. Besides strongest humanitarian motivation of this project its implementation will further promote human and technical capabilities of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action that can be applied for other humanitarian projects of this kind in Azerbaijan in the future. 26.10.05 ANAMA RESPONDS TO VIOLENT EXPLOSION IN AGSTAFA On 21 October 2005, violent explosion happened in west part of Azerbaijan at the workshop set up by locals approximately 200 m from the residential area. Their aim was to collect the unexploded ordnances, UXOs from the previous Soviet ammunition warehouses in Saloglu village of Agstafa, deliver them to the workshop to burn the explosives out of the shells and sell the scrap metal. In process of such activity something gone wrong and about 100 mortars have blown at the same time. As a result, the workshop itself is totally destroyed and according to official information by local authorities 3 people were killed and 23 people injured. Additionally, houses have been damaged within about 3km radius from the place of explosion. The Government of Azerbaijan immediately tasked ANAMA to deploy the team of UXO operators which are currently in situ and continue successful operations started early morning 22 October, 2005. Up to now already more than 800 UXOs have been already removed from the area to ANAMA central demolition place. 170,000 sqm area have been marked off for further clearance. Besides, an emergency survey team has been formed to survey surrounding housing area and interview locals for any possible UXO threats that may have been thrown at far distances when explosion occurred. Since 2001, ANAMA accordingly implements Mine Risk Education among local population aimed to warn them of threat and danger of mines and UXOs. 24.10.05 NEW DEMINERS TO BE PUT OPERATIONAL On 11 October 2005, ANAMA started the 9th Basic Demining Course for newly recruited 22 deminers and 1 paramedic. During the 4-week Training the participants will get knowledge in Safety and Occupational Health as well as Demining techniques. Besides, the trainees will receive lectures on Agency overall activities given by ANAMA Departments. By the end of the Course the attendants will pass the final testing procedure and will be provided with ANAMA certificates to receive deminers' qualification. Representatives of ANAMA HQs and Armor Group Mine Action participated at the Ceremony accompanied with wide media coverage. 10.10.05 REGIONAL COOPERATION AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING THROUGH MINE ACTION OSCE Workshop on Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building through Mine Action was held on 5-6 October 2005, in Tbilisi. The Workshop hosted by Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been organized by the Ministries of Foreign affairs of Canada and Slovenia, currently chairing OSCE. International Trust Fund for Mine Clearance and Mine Victim Assistance (ITF) provided administrative support to the workshop as an implementing agency. The discussion at the Workshop have covered South Caucasus and Central Asia regions mine problems and their possible solutions on the ways of regional cooperation and confidence building between partners. Azerbaijan has offered the assets (facilities, expertise and knowledge) developed in Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action. According to Azerbaijan the framework for regional cooperation is to be mainly bilateral because no ground for cooperation with Armenia before settlement of Nagorno Garabagh conflict. All countries except Uzbekistan have been represented at the Workshop. Tajikistan is the only country of two regions acceded to Ottawa Convention and there were wide range discussions on signing of the Treaty by other countries. Azerbaijan has stated the position as being ready to provide the Transparency report and the moratorium is put on production, transfer and additional deployment of landmines. ICRC, ICBL, GICHD, ITF and some other organizations have contributed to the Workshop as well and shared experience gained worldwide and proposed ideas of regional cooperation and confidence building between countries of the regions involved . 06.10.05 SOUTH AFRICA TAKES INTEREST IN MINE ACTION IN AZERBAIJAN On 06 October 2005, H.E. Sobizana Mngqikana, the Ambassador of South Africa to Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with HQs in Ankara, Turkey visited ANAMA to familiarize with Azerbaijan Mine Action Programme. During the meeting at ANAMA HQs, Mr. Nazim Ismaylov, Agency Director provided Mr. Ambassador with brief information on Agency activities, recent achievements and projects implemented to date. ANAMA Documentary 2005 was presented to H.E. Sobizana Mngqikana. During discussions Mr. Ambassador emphasized MRE and MVA fields to be the key during implementation of Mine Action. He also talked about regional cooperation, collaboration with Central Asia and touched upon the role of international organizations in Mine Action. 28.09.05 ANAMA ATTENDED THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF MINE ACTION During 19-22 September 2005, Mr. Nazim Ismaylov, Director of ANAMA attended the 8th International Meeting of Mine Action Programme Directors and UN Advisors in Geneva, Switzerland. This important UN Mine Action gathering aims at bringing together National mine Action Directors and UN Advisors from all the mine-affected countries around the world to exchange experience and challenges faced in mine action field. The gathering comprised of general meetings, meeting of MA Directors, UN Advisors and specialized workshops dedicated to specific issues. In discussion session Director Ismaylov briefed the participants on ANAMA achievements in specific fields which are clearance operations, Mine Risk Education and Mine Victim Assistance activities. The emphasis was made on mainstreaming of Mine Action into Socio-Economic Development Plan of the Government of Azerbaijan. "This will allow employment of a great number of refugees and become bases for rapid and effective development and rehabilitation of war-torn areas", Director stated. 27.09.05 HIDDEN ENEMY TAKES ONE MORE HUMAN LIFE On 17 September 2005, a citizen of Gedabey district Mor-Mor village, 33 years old Nagiyev Sohrab, chief of village municipality was killed by AT mine when riding. According to different sources from September 2001, 44 people died and 73 people were injured in 66 incidents. 22.09.05 MINE ACTION INTEGRATED IN STATE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN The Ministry of Economic Development elaborated a plan for socio-economic development of regions of Azerbaijan for the period 2006-2008 with involvement of a number of institutions. This plan approved by the Government of Azerbaijan became a part of overall strategy for ensuring macroeconomic stability and durable development in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Being responsible for planning, coordination and management of mine action related activities in Azerbaijan ANAMA is also involved in the implementation of the Plan covering following priority directions: 1) reduce fatalities and injuries caused by mine incidents; 2) promote IDP return; 3) facilitate rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructure; 4) provide food safety, and 5) in other cases, when such intervention required. Territories where ANAMA conducts clearance operations are of high economic importance. Lands of Ganja-Gazakh and Upper Garabagh are significant primary resources. Fizuli and Aghstafa districts have unique opportunities for viniculture. There is a real background for foreign investment for clearance and recovery of former vineyards. Bee farming and silk raising, unique fields of agricultural activity in Azerbaijan are also concentrated in Fizuli. Raising of cotton and first class grain crops could be further developed in Goranboy district. These all will allow employment of a great number of refugees and become bases for rapid and effective development and rehabilitation of war-torn areas. This is also predefined with fact that the major part of IDPs had been always involved in agriculture. The State Socio-Economic Development Plan does not include territories currently under occupation. Today ANAMA efforts are aimed to continue increasing and expansion of mine action capacity to provide the clearance of not only accessible lands but also the territories of Azerbaijan to be liberated in the near future. 16.09.05 ArmorGroup to Replace RONCO in Azerbaijan On 14 September 2005, ArmorGroup Mine Action arrived to Azerbaijan to replace RONCO Consulting Corporation (US) that successfully finished its mission in Azerbaijan. RONCO was contracted by US DoS in September 2001, for Azerbaijan Mine Action Programme to assist with training and equipping Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action personnel to create Mine Detection Dog Section. RONCO facilitated ANAMA in creating national MDD capacity and provided technical assistance in mine action related matters. To date 22 dogs have been delivered to ANAMA by US DoS and Marshall Legacy Institute through RONCO, 3 National MDD supervisors and 22 Dog Handlers have been trained by RONCO and put operational. ArmorGroup is a UK-based commercial leader in environmental remediation from landmine & UXO pollution. Group operates globally, supporting reconstruction and sustainable development in post-conflict situations. 13.09.05 NEW REPRESENTATIVE OF UNHCR IN AZERBAIJAN VISITS ANAMA HQS On 13 September 2005, Mr. William Tall, recently accredited Representative of UNHCR in Azerbaijan visited ANAMA HQs and met with Mr. Nazim Ismaylov, Agency Director. During the meeting Mr. Ismaylov provided general information on Agency activities, emphasized the main aspects of the Programme which are Mine Clearance, Mine Risk Education and Mine Victims Assistance. Particular emphasis was made on the efforts of the Government of Azerbaijan aimed at reconstruction of territories, clearance of mine and UXOs and IDPs return to their homelands. ANAMA Documentary was demonstrated and discussions took place at the end of the meting. 14.09.05 ANAMA HOSTED THE REPRESENTATIVE OF EMBASSY of CANADA TO TURKEY Ms. Jeannette Menzies, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Canada to Turkey during her stay in Azerbaijan visited ANAMA headquarters on 9 September 2005. Mr. Nazim Ismaylov, ANAMA Director presented information on the Agency where he touched all the directions of Azerbaijan Mine Action Programme and achievements so far. The leading subject of discussions after ANAMA documentary demonstration was the Project on Clearance of UXOs in Saloglu village of Aghstafa district, the joint Project of NATO-NAMSA and ANAMA. Mrs. Nigar Azimova, Agency Planning Officer gave a briefing on the status and Donor Parties already involved into the Project to be lunched soon. In course of discussions the emphasis was made on the Ottawa Convention on Prohibition of Use, Transportation and Production of AP mines and ANAMA role at that. Mrs. Shirin Rzayeva, ANAMA Public Relations Officer talked about the meeting dedicated to this particular issue took place in June 2005 in Geneva where for the first time ANAMA came up with official position of the Government of Azerbaijan towards the Convention. 25.08.05 HEAVY MACHINE TO LIGHTEN MINE CLEARANCE August 2005: RHINO Mechanical Demining Machine delivered to Azerbaijan is now located at ANAMA Regional Base in Horadiz, Fizuli district. RHINO, developed with use of modern technologies at US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), one of the research centers of the US Ministry of Defense arrived to Azerbaijan for trainings, testing and gaining more experience in field use of the machine. ANAMA has procured a special trailer from Turkey for carrying 70-ton RHINO with affiliated equipment. The machine is currently under assembling process with the participation of the specialists from NVESD Humanitarian Demining Team also to supervise RHINO integration process during 2 months. It is expected that by the end of August the training will start for RHINO mechanic-operators and the next step will be field tests. Mechanical demining equipment is mostly remote-controlled and considered to be safe and productive. The use of machines allows ANAMA to increase mine clearance rate and substantially raise operational safety as well. 19.08.05 US EUCOM increases UXO clearance capacity On 19 August 2005, a Graduation Ceremony took place at ANAMA Regional Base in Khanlar. Two-week training has been provided for ANAMA UXO personnel by US EUCOM EOD Specialists. "Advanced Level One and Level Two Review" Course's objective was to determine how much skills was retained from previous training and cover low order techniques, submunitions and supervision skills. 18 participants, mainly represented by ANAMA UXO Team members, successfully completed the training. During the speech Mr. E. Hasanov, ANAMA Operations Manager touched upon successful cooperation between ANAMA and US EUCOM. Lt. Shasta Rouch (USN EOD Mobile Unit 8 Detachment 18 OIC officer in Charge) underlined outstanding level of ANAMA's UXO Team trained by US EUCOM in July 2002. 19.08.05 Eight New Mine Detection Dogs 18 August 2005, Horadiz, Fizuli district. Training course for 8 new dogs donated by Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) to ANAMA and local dog handlers has been successfully completed at the Regional Office of ANAMA. Eleven-week Basic Handler Course was conducted by Mr. Jerry Alonzo, RONCO MDD Trainer and ANAMA T&QA Team has provided two-week MDD Integration Course. Ten apprentices participated at the trainings. Training of national trainers has been also covered. "Today we have another 8 very professional handlers and 8 MDDs ready to follow their humanitarian mission in Azerbaijan Mine Action Programme", said Mr. Greg Pulley, RONCO Chief of Party. Mr. E. Hasanov, ANAMA Operations Manager talked about the importance of international specialists' involvement in ANAMA capacity building. Graduation Ceremony on 18 August 2005 at the in Horadiz Regional Base summarized the results of the trainings. Eight skilled MDD teams are ready to start demining operations. Another 12 dogs are expected to be donated by MLI in October 2005 and February 2006. 19.08.05 AP MINE KILLED A SOLDIER 17 August 2005: 1-2 a.m. Frontline. The AP mine went off in Terter district Gapanli village. As a result of explosion soldiers, 19 years old Ilgar Nurullayev died and 19 years old Zamiq Aslanov was badly injured and evacuated to the military hospital in Sarijaly village. 02.08.05 BEWARE OF MINES !!! 31 July 2005, 10 a.m.: 15 years old Emin Suleymanov was killed and 13 years old Elvin Suleymanov was badly injured and immediately evacuated to one of the Baku hospitals. AT-mine explosion took place in Akhmadagali village of Aghdam district of Azerbaijan when two brothers Emin and Elvin were grazing cattle. As a result of explosion Elvin received different body injuries and is currently under strict supervision of doctors.According to information received from different sources, from year 2001 to date 42 people died and 72 people injured in 64 mine and UXO incidents. 29.07.05 UNICEF Supports Summer Camps for War-Affected Children AKU, 25 July, 2005 - UNICEF-supported summer camp activities began this week in Goranboy district of Azerbaijan, bringing recreational and play activities to some 120 boys and girls. Summer camp participants are child mine survivors and children from mine-survivor families that also include IDPs from the mine contaminated area along the front line. Each camp hosts 60 children, with the first one opening on 25 July till August 3 and second on 29 August till 7 September. The UNICEF-supported camp is to contribute to the mine action programme of ANAMA in the area of mine victims assistance and is run in collaboration with ANAMA, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism, Initiatives for the Sake of Development, Azerbaijan Republic Child Organization and Right to Play based in Toronto, Canada. Today according to ANAMA survey out of the 1883 mine survivors 22 are children and there are around 400 children in families with mine survivor. On 26 July 2005, sixty children of various ages from different districts of Azerbaijan chosen according to the last year Survey stood in line in the yard of the boarding school in Goranboy during the opening ceremony. They were in yellow T-shirts and looked very joyful. They sung Azerbaijani anthem. Twelve instructors are from Republic Children Organization, main implementer of the Project. Representatives of INGO Save the Children and some local NGOs active in the area were observing this start. This is the first ongoing project initiated by UNICEF and ANAMA in support of mine-affected children. Two summer camps, operating at the Goranboy boarding school, will provide the war-affected children with an opportunity to improve their social interaction skills, receive information on mine risk and will help to facilitate their integration into society. 20.07.05 BOZENA - 4 Mechanical Demining Machine Puts Up Good Results in Demining 19 July 2005: BOZENA-4 mini flail demining machine operated by ANAMA Mechanical Demining Team activated and destroyed AT mine during area reduction operations at Horadiz 022 minefield in Fizuli district. To move the machine out of field, the Technical Survey Team opened access according to operational procedures. As a result of mine explosion, some parts of machine were damaged and repaired immediately the same day. 04.07.05 ANAMA Training & Quality Assurance Team Leader visited the Training Centre of Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Slovenia On 26 June 2005, Mr. Elnur Gasimov, ANAMA Training & Quality Assurance (TQA)-Team Leader has been invited to visit the Training Centre of Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Slovenia within a close cooperation between ANAMA and the Ministry of Defense of Republic of Slovenia. During a visit, Mr. Gasimov met with Mr. Milan Lampret, Undersecretary and Mr. Stane Lotrich, EOD Training Manager. The central demolition area has been visited and different methods observed for demolitions of landmines and UXOs conducted by members of EOD Unit, such as: Demolitions, Cutting of UXOs using special shaped charges, Burning of small arms ammunition in an armored cattle, Defusing of fused projectiles by specially designed gun. The Training Centre of Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Republic of Slovenia with funding from an International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) is intended to invite a number of instructors and field personnel of ANAMA to provide them with EOD Training covering aforementioned procedures. This is considered to be a valuable step to deal with UXO problem of urgent in the highly contaminated Aghstafa region in the North part of Azerbaijan. 02.07.05 ANAMA MRE Officer Attends Field Epidemiology for Mine Action Training Course During 12-25 June 2005, Mr. Vagif Sadigov, ANAMA Mine Risk Education Officer participated at the Training Workshop on "Field Epidemiology for Mine Action" held in Sarajevo and organized by Centre for Disease Control (CDC) together with UNICEF. The Training Course started with introduction on CDC activities worldwide and collaboration with UNICEF. During a lecture on "Landmine and UXO as a Public Health Problem" there was emphasized that mine/UXO injuries and fatalities are considered as an epidemiology, which needs prevention. Data collection and survey procedure Courses attended are of high value to be used in ANAMA MRE activities. In process of training the participants were involved in study of qualitative methods of data collection, and how to apply behavior change and its role in landmine risk education. The lectures on 'scientific writing' and 'programme evaluation' have been also covered. The second week of the Training Course started with learning of a GIS/GPS system that will be useful in landmine detection and mapping, which was proceeded by practical exercises in around of hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia. At the end of the first week presentation was delivered by Mr. Sadigov on ANAMA and UNICEF joint MRE activities. Mr. Mark Anderson, Programme Director/Epidemiology, spoke on particular topic 'Individual Presentations 'at the end of the Training. The aim of the presentations was application of skills learnt, and use of available data in decision making, selection of an intervention pathway and development of intervention strategy for landmines and UXOs, identification of resource needs to resolve problems (funds, personnel, time, supplies, facilities), development of monitoring and evaluation plan, preparing briefing document suitable for presentation to decision makers. Knowledge and experience gained in process of workshop in Sarajevo will be a useful mean to solve epidemic problems, particularly landmine and UXO injuries related, and development of reliable programme/projects for a certain period in contaminated countries. 01.07.05 ANAMA Comes Up with Azerbaijan Position Towards Ottawa Convention During 13-15 June 2005, Mrs. Shirin Rzayeva, ANAMA Public Relations Officer attended the Week of Standing Committee Meetings dedicated to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on Their Destruction, organized by Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Official opening of the week of Standing Committee meetings started with statements by H.E. Wolfgang Petritsch, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations and the President of First Review Conference and by the Ambassador Stephen Nellen, Director of GICHD. In process of the meetings general status of the implementation of Ottawa Convention has been reviewed. State Parties of the Convention, Luxembourg on behalf of European Union, Sudan, Italy, etc., ICBL and ICRC provided views and updates in the context of the topic of universalization. First day the States not Parties were provided an opportunity to make statements on their efforts to proceed with ratification of or accession to the Convention. At this stage ANAMA on behalf of the Government of Azerbaijan came up with official statement on a position of the Government of Azerbaijan towards Ottawa Process. The emphasis was made on the background of the conflict and the efforts of the Government to eliminate the problem of mine and UXOs through establishing National Mine Action Agency aimed to accede to the Ottawa Convention. Agenda of the meeting covered discussions on Mine Clearance, Mine Risk Education and Mine Action Technologies as well. Separate meeting was dedicated to Victim Assistance and Socio-Economic Reintegration including the overview of implementation status by State Parties, discussion of problems, plans, progress and priorities for assistance. 17.06.05 ANAMA HOSTS PRESS CONFERENCE ON MDDS AND MINE RISK EDUCATION PROJECT On 16 June 2005, Press Conference was conducted at the premises of ANAMA with participation of Ms. Debora Netland from US Department of State, Mr. Perry Baltimor from US Marshall Legacy Institute and Ms. Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan. The conference was dedicated to signing of Memorandum between UNICEF and ANAMA to continue integration of MRE into school curriculum and the arrival of 6 Mine Detection Dogs kindly contributed by Marshall Legacy Institute to support country's efforts to free Azerbaijan land of the threat of mines and UXOs. During the conference Mr. Nazim Ismaylov, Director of ANAMA, talked about the importance of Mine Risk Education and its key role in Mine Action. Touching upon Mine Detection Dogs, Mr. Ismaylov emphasized MDDs provide safety of deminers in clearance operations. Ms. Hanaa Singer underlined the importance of the project and expressed a hope that close cooperation between UNICEF and ANAMA will increase the number of schools to be involved in MRE to prevent mine incidents in frontline and border close districts of Azerbaijan. Mr. Perry Baltimor from Marshall Legacy Institute noted he was really impressed when visited operations site in Fizuli district and had an opportunity to observe MDDs at work. According to him, this contribution was mainly supported by Alliant Techsystems, Dr. Beall and Linny Fowler, the Laura Niles Foundation and the Students for International Peace & Justice at Lipscomb University. 17.06.05 FIZULI DISTRICT CITIZEN INJURED IN MINE EXPLOSION On 12 June 2005, at 7:30 p.m. a citizen of Fizuli district Horadiz settlement Arayatli village, 37 years old Safarov Gabil drove over antitank mine while gathering a harvest at the cultivation area with combine. As a result of explosion, his left foot burnt and combine collapsed. According to statistics available, 41 people died and 70 were injured in 62 incidents recorded from September 2001. 17.06.05 TRAINING IN THE EVALUATION OF MINE ACTION PROGRAMMES Currently ANAMA Information Manager Mr. Aziz Aliyev takes part at the training. The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) sponsored a limited number of people from mine affected countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Irak, Mozambique) to attend the IPDET program from 13 June - 8 July, 2005. GICHD has agreed with the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) - a joint undertaking of the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department and Carleton University - to offer training in the evaluation of mine action programs and projects at the four-week IPDET program for 2005 in Ottawa, Canada. This agreement is intended to enhance the quality of evaluations in mine action by: Providing training in evaluation methods to mine action professionals Providing evaluation professionals with an introduction to the field of mine action The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) program was initiated by the World Bank to meet the needs of evaluation and audit units of bilateral and multilateral development agencies and banks; developed and developing country governments, and evaluators working in development and nongovernmental organizations The overall goal of this training program is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of participants in development evaluation. It is our intention that by the end of the training program, participants will: Understand the development evaluation process Be familiar with evaluation concepts, techniques, and issues Be able to weight different options for planning development evaluations, including data collection, analysis, and reporting Be able to design a development evaluation 27.05.05 MINE RISK EDUCATION ANSWERS THE REQUIREMENTS OF MoU RATIFIED Memorandum of Understanding has been ratified by the Ministry of Education, ANAMA and UNICEF on the implementation of Mine Risk Education Project at the secondary schools in frontline and border close districts and IDP camps in Azerbaijan on 11 May 2004. The project was to integrate MRE into curriculum of secondary schools and so sensitize the teachers and pupils of frontline and border close districts and IDP camp schools of the danger of mines/UXOs and assist to minimize the death and injury rates among children in Azerbaijan. Within the project launched, MRE methodical aids and teaching manuals were developed and distributed to targeted schools, trainings are conducted for the supervisors, school directors and teachers of targeted secondary schools. Beginning from 2004/2005 school year, MRE courses are ongoing in 13 frontline and border close districts. Monitorings are conducted regularly by ANAMA specialists on MRE teaching activities in mine-affected districts. Significant achievements have been repeatedly observed and emphasized by the representatives of international missions during their field visits. As a part of reward for high performance and to encourage and facilitate further efforts with MRE, one computer with printer has been presented by ANAMA to school #2 of Horadiz settlement, Fizuli district. 26.05.05 AUSTRALIAN MINE ACTION SUPPORT FOR NATO - LANDMINE ACTION WEEK 2005 (Information by PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, Australia) Australia will contribute three Minelab mine detectors to a NATO project for clearance of hazardous unexploded ordnance in Azerbaijan, Australia's Special Representative for Mine Action, Mr Bruce Billson, announced today as part of Landmines Action Week (23-29 May). "The mine detectors will make a significant contribution to local communities in Azerbaijan, where unexploded ordnance continues to take lives and cause casualties," Mr Billson said. "During the April visit of Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Australia agreed to strengthen relations with NATO and the provision of mine detectors to the Partnership for Peace program, led by Turkey, is a positive step forward for the relationship. "The NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Policy assists NATO Partner Nations in the safe destruction of stockpiled anti-personnel landmines, munitions and small arms and light weapons. Trust Fund projects have so far been completed in Albania, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia," Mr Billson said. "Australia was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the 1997 Ottawa Convention on Landmines and is a leading contributor to international mine clearance, awareness and victim assistance. "The Australian Government has provided $100 million over the past decade to help countries in our region and around the world and is working closely with the international community, including UN agencies and non-governmental organisations, to help rid the world of landmines," Mr Billson said. "Landmines cause almost 20,000 casualties each year in more than 80 countries with 85 per cent of victims being civilians. As well as the tragic loss of life and injury, there is also a significant impact on development as land becomes unusable and communities are faced with the long term burden of caring for victims. "In Sri Lanka, Australia has also supported the clearance of landmines from more than 227,000 square metres of land, the equivalent of 35 soccer fields, and the removal of 6,656 anti personnel mines." Activities planned to mark Landmines Action Week in Canberra include a display of photographs and demining equipment at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and an information and letter-writing stall held by the Australian Network of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines at the Australian National University on 26 May. Minelab, based in South Australia, is a world leader in the development of mine detection equipment. 23.05.05 NEW BOZENA-5 MECHANICAL DEMINING MACHINE CONTRIBUTES IN CLEARANCE PROGRESS IN AZERBAIJAN On 20 May 2005, the first model of Slovakia-produced medium flail BOZENA-5 mechanical demining machine (MDM) was delivered to Azerbaijan. In contrast with BOZENA-4 already operational, this machine has more powerful engine, wider flail and is twice productive. With participation of the representatives from "Way Industry" Company, the producer of 'BOZENA' type demining machines, BOZENA-5 was received at Baku Customs and the same day moved to ANAMA Regional Office in Fizuli district. Following a two-week training for MDM operators and technical staff in Horadiz, BOZENA-5 will be put in operations and during first months will contribute in clearance operations at this territory. The procurement of new demining asset is fully supported by ANAMA strategy for the development of national mechanical demining capacity and Work Plan 2005 and is funded by the European Commission and UNDP with administrative support provided by the Government of Azerbaijan. 20.05.05 OTTAWA CONVENTION ON AGENDA On 20 May 2005, Ms. Sylvie Brigot, ICBL (International Campaign to Ban Landmines) Advocacy Director and Landmine Monitor's Research Coordinator Mr. Mark Hiznay from Human Rights Watch, accompanied by AzCBL Director Mr. Hafiz Safikhanov visited ANAMA office and met with Agency Director Mr. Ismaylov. After demonstration of ANAMA documentary visitors came up with questions on Ottawa Convention and the role of Azerbaijan in this process. Mr. Ismaylov emphasized the Republic of Azerbaijan is supporting the idea of having a comprehensive international legal document on prohibition of use, stockpiling, transfer and production of antipersonnel mines. As per stated, Azerbaijan is not able to join the Convention at this stage while being in armistice conflict (ceased since may 1994) due to the territorial claims of Armenia and having a threat of resumption of hostilities. The results of EC funded Countrywide Mine Victims Needs Assessment Survey conducted by ANAMA in cooperation with local NGOs and projects to be implemented based on the Survey findings and recommendations have been discussed as well. Saloglu project on UXO clearance in the territory of the former soviet armory, blown in 1991, have been also touched upon and the unicity of this particular project with NATO, the Government of Azerbaijan and UNDP involved underlined. 17.05.05 PROMOTING RESILIENCY AND RECOVERY On May 9-10, 2005 ANAMA Mine Victim Assistance (MVA) Officer Mr. Rauf Mamedov has participated at the Conference on Approaches to Recovery and Reintegration of Survivors of War-related Injuries held in Washington, DC. The Conference was organized in collaboration by Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) and some other stakeholder organizations - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Handicap International, ICRC, UNICEF, UNMAS and WHO. The subjects included global picture of war-related trauma, physical and psychosocial, economic and systems approaches to recovery and reintegration for community of practtioners, scholars and survivors to explore best practices for long-term trauma recovery of victims of war-related injuries. At the panel session of the Conference ANAMA presented the Final Report on Countrywide Mine Victims' Needs Assessment Survey conducted in 2004 and Agency's MVA strategy developed accordingly. The data collection and processing procedures have been widely discussed. The special event during the Conference, the Niarchos Survivorship Prize Dinner to honor Rajiv Kurupp from Sri Lanka and Centro Rehabilitation etc (CIREC) from Columbia. A special award has been presented to the Blind Boys of Alabama, artists promoting resiliency and recovery. 17.05.05 Executive Board's Members of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP Visit Mine Action How effectively the UN Agencies cooperate in contributing to the country's development? Azerbaijan became the fourth country in the world and first country in Europe and the CIS following Vietnam, Mozambique and Guatemala selected for the visit of the Executive Board of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). This recently introduced practice aims to improve coordination of the UN support to the achievement of the country's priorities and the Millennium Development Goals. During a mission the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to UN Mr. Yashar Aliyev was also participating. 13 May 2005 , Fizuli district Horadiz settlement: Executive Board members visited Mine Action Programme in south-west of Azerbaijan. In his introduction Director of ANAMA Mr. Nazim Ismaylov welcomed the guests and talked about activities and achievements in mine action. He emphasized mechanical demining capacity put in place from 2004, mine detection dogs capacity effective and constantly increasing. The emphasis was made on ANAMA transparency and openness for donors and international community. On-field briefings provided by ANAMA Chief Supervisor Mr. Adil Aslanov, Technical Survey Team Leader Mr. Natiq Asadov, and Mechanical Demining Team Leader Mr. Rufat Gajiyev covered all the aspects of clearance operations. A number of questions were raised by the Executive Board members and duly responded. Representative of Local Executive talked about a process of lands requested for clearance and allocated afterwards. He mentioned 300 families directly and the population of 15 villages as a whole benefited from operations conducted in Fizuli district. UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. David Eizenberg emphasized UNDP is always proud to visit ANAMA at work. "These are collaborative efforts of donors participating in the Programme. The major donors are the European Commission and the Government of US. Commitment of the Government of Azerbaijan should be exclusively mentioned. ANAMA is recognized professional in Mine Action in the world. One of the strategies for ANAMA today is to become a Regional Center for Mine Action to host trainings for other mine action agencies and institutions" he said. Following the minefield, the delegates attended MRE classes in one of the schools. During a visit students demonstrated their good knowledge of subject, answered questions given by teacher and guests accordingly. The second part of a trip was dedicated to acquaintance with ANAMA Regional Office. Executive Board members participated at the Graduation Ceremony of 29 newly trained deminers financially supported by the US DoS through RONCO Consulting Corporation. In his address to deminers Mr. Ismaylov firstly marked US to be a significant partner to ANAMA. "We have to increase current capacity to conduct clearance operations more effectively. New mechanical assets and MDDs, and more deminers trained - these are our objectives for this year," he stated. Mr. Greg Pulley, RONCO Chief of Party addressing the deminers stated: "We are in need of you, we are in need of sustainable mine action capacity to effectively operate on Azerbaijani lands currently occupied". ANAMA documentary was presented to the visitors later. In his speech at the end Mr. Eizenberg talked on ANAMA high level proficiency and good performance. He particularly underlined ANAMA to be a model Mine Action Center. 16.05.05 TRAGEDY IN GANJA SCHOOL 14 May 2005 : 10:30 a.m., a hand grenade explosion took place in the classroom of school #36 in Ganja city. The device exploded in the hand of one of the school boys of XI form during military training classes. As a result of explosion, 16 years old Fariz Huseynov was killed and 11 of his mates received different body wounds. According to information received, military teacher brought the grenade to the lesson to demonstrate a real explosive to pupils. However, one of the children took the grenade and tossed it to his mate after he saw a smoke out. 11.05.05 TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS: THESE ARE WHAT ANAMA STANDS FOR On 29 April, 2005 the briefing on ANAMA activities over mine victim assistance was held in Agency's Office for Ms. Sheree Bailey, Victim Assistance Coordinator/Editor of Landmine Monitor (LM), research initiative of International Campaign to Ban Landmine (ICBL). During a visit Ms. Bailey was accompanied by the Director of Azerbaijan CBL Mr. Hafiz Safikhanov and LM Regional Researcher (Nagorno Karabakh and Chechnya). ANAMA was represented by Information Manager Mr. Aziz Aliyev and MVA Officer Mr. Rauf Mamedov. During discussions, the guests have been informed on Agency future plans on mine victim assistance and series of relevant projects drafted and being now under consideration. The last MVA Working Group meeting was presented as an example of coordination between governmental and non-governmental organizations on the basis of transparency and openness. 06.05.05 ANAMA REPRESENTED AT THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM On 26-28 April 2005, ANAMA Operations Manager Mr. Emil M. Hasanov attended the International Symposium in Sibenik, Croatia, dedicated to the position and role of demining machines in humanitarian demining. During the symposium presentations and key achievements were delivered by the participants. Furthermore, a number of discussion sessions were held on the strengths and weaknesses of the operational procedures being used in different countries. A number of organizations involved in Mine Action such as UNMAS, UNDP, GICHD, JMU, National MACs, companies - producers of demining machines and Baku International Rotary Club (BIRC) were also participating at the Symposium. The representatives of BIRC Mr. Jeffrey Farrow (President) and Mr. Emil Hasanov (Mine Action Projects Coordinator) demonstrated the presentation "Hidden Danger" dedicated to the activity of the Rotary International in Mine Action. Mr. Farrow and Mr. Hasanov touched upon mine problem in Azerbaijan caused as a result of military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan resulted in occupation of 20 percent of Azeri territories. RI successfully cooperates with different internationally recognized organizations such as UN, ITF, Lion Club and Government of Canada, UK, US in the field of establishing fund raising for mine action support via "One Thousand Dinner" and "Adopt-the-Minefield". 04.05.05 BOZENA-5 MEDIUM FLAIL MACHINE TO ARRIVE TO AZERBAIJAN During 27-29 April 2005, Director of ANAMA Mr. Nazim Ismaylov visited "Way Industry" Company, the producer of "Bozena" mechanical demining machines in Slovakia. During a visit, discussions were held regarding the delivery of Bozena-5 medium flail demining machine to Azerbaijan. The machine is expected to arrive in May 2005. Specialists from "Way Industry" will also arrive to conduct 30-day on-field training. Bozena-5 medium flail is a new modification of Bozena-4 MDM currently operational and is designed to destroy both anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. Bozena-5 meets all the requirements of humanitarian demining standards. The procurement of new demining asset is fully supported by ANAMA strategy for the development of national mechanical demining capacity and is funded by the European Commission and UNDP. 04.05.05 MINE VICTIM ASSISTANCE: MOVING FROM THE NEW POSITION On April 19, 2005 in ANAMA HQs the next meeting of Mine Victim Assistance Working Group was held. The meeting was especially arranged to discuss the results of the Countrywide Mine Victims' Needs Assessment Survey conducted during June-October 2004 at the financial assistance of European Commission. Totally 29 people, representatives of ministries of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Education and Sport, Youth and Tourism, UNDP, UNICEF, ICRC, IFRC, Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and NGOs took part in the meeting chaired by the ANAMA Director, Mr. Nazim Ismaylov. Mr. Ismaylov expressed his gratitude for interest to the needs of mine victims. He said the donors pay particular attention to the issues related to people suffered from mines and UXOs. Summit of Signatory Parties of the Ottawa Convention on prohibition of use, stockpiling, transfer and production of antipersonnel mines in December 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya devised the new action plan recommending specific activities in assisting mine survivors. Mr. Ismaylov thanked all ministries and local authorities applied for preliminary information on mine survivors for their positive attitude and assistance. He emphasized the importance of the Survey in further coordination of these activities in Azerbaijan and expressed his belief that mine victim database developed in ANAMA will serve for the benefit of all interested parties. The presentation of the Survey results delivered by the Project Coordinator ANAMA MVA Officer, Mr. Rauf Mamedov has met the great interest from the audience. Of mine/UXO 2300 survivors known from different sources 1883 have been identified and interviewed during the Survey. The specific needs of these people in medical care, physical and vocational rehabilitation, social and psychological adaptation, in economic assistance and financial support have been identified together with their life conditions. The representative of ICRC Mr. Herbi Elmazi put many interesting questions on survey procedure and information management. The discussion arose on social protection of mine survivors and Mr. Ismaylov offered resolve the issue in join practical activity with the Ministry of Labor. The Project Director, the Chairman of International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF) Mr. Umud Mirzoyev briefed all on the project implementation process, achievements, difficulties and lessons learned. The representatives of NGOs involved in implementing of the Survey Mr. Islam Bakhshaliyev (Dirchelish), Mr. Eldar Aliyev (Babadagh from Ismayilli) and Mr. Nadir Jafarov (Shefali Eller from Imishli) talked about what they experienced during the Project meeting with people with disabilities. Other Group members highly appreciated the results of the Survey and proposed many ideas to be developed to the real projects to meet the needs of mine victims. Dayag NGO offered the opportunity what the Dayag-Credit has once additional funds provided to the organization for micro-crediting of mine victims to develop their household or their engagements to the business. Ojag (the humanitarian association from Ganja) reported on its correspondence with local authorities of adjoining districts on the issue of employment opportunity for people with disabilities and briefed on its project related to this.