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THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MINE AWARENESS AND ASSISTANCE IN MINE ACTION

On 4 April 2008, USA Ambassador to Azerbaijan, H.E. Mrs. Anne Derse and accompanying persons visited ANAMA HQs in commemoration The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. ANAMA Director Mr. Nazim Ismaylov presented detailed information on current status and activities implemented by the Agency in addition to ANAMA documentary demonstrated at the beginning of the meeting. He noted that the United States is one of the key donors of mine action activities in Azerbaijan and appreciated US contributions in 2008 to mine clearance operations, in support of Saloglu project and for procurement of mine clearance machines. In its turn, Mrs. Derse delivered a statement reflecting the value being given by the US Government to cooperation with ANAMA: "Since 1998, ANAMA has played a leading role in identifying and clearing mines, assisting victims and educating the public about the dangers of landmines and UXO. The United States is proud to support ANAMA's work and since 2000, has provided almost 15 million dollars in assistance to ANAMA. ANAMA's work in clearing and securing areas which were once conflict zones is essential to Azerbaijan's long-term economic development and a peaceful future in the South Caucasus". She especially emphasized that ANAMA has gained success in Azerbaijan, as well as in the world. Its positive reputation is also recognized internationally. At the end she acknowledged ANAMA on its accomplishments and wished successful work in upcoming years. The meeting was widely broadcasted by the TV channels, newspapers and info agencies. It'd be noted that The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action was also celebrated in the regional bases of ANAMA and the project sites of its mine action partners. Meetings with mine victims, MRE activities in the schools of mine-affected districts, setting up billboards and mine warning signs were the objectives of the day. The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action was declared by the UN General Assembly and celebrated in 2006 for the first time. It calls for continued efforts by states, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.