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US DOS HAS AWARDED 187.084 USD TO AZERBAIJAN MINE ACTION PROGRAM

The United States has launched another effort to strengthen peace and post-conflict recovery. The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has awarded a total of more than $2.2 million to twenty-three non-governmental organizations to clean up former battle areas most of which are littered by landmines and explosive remnants of war left by other countries teach mine risk education, assist mine survivors, and conduct related research. The U.S. is the global leader in efforts to save lives by confronting the dangers posed by persistent landmines and all explosive remnants of war, including unexploded cluster munitions. ( http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/may/85717.htm ) International tender for non-governmental organizations organized by US DoS involved such countries as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bosnia, Laos, Sudan, Vietnam and other countries. It should be mentioned that Azerbaijan which was represented by International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF) non-governmental organization was awarded to the second place. In 2000 in a result of elections IEPF was defined as one of the contractors of ANAMA and at the present time it actively operates in mine action under the control and leadership of ANAMA. On May 2, 2005 by the support of ANAMA the IEPF submitted the Project Proposal on "Establishing and Functioning of Mine Victims' Association in Terter District of Azerbaijan" to U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and in 2006 became one of the winners of the tender. In 2007 the IEPF gained the grant for the Project on creation of the regional branches of the Association in Agstafa and Fuzuli regions. The fulfillment of the Project will give a push to the implementation of several trainings, pilot projects and opening of new working places for mine victims. As a result, by the support of US DoS the mentioned Projects have received 187.084 USD in total.