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CHAIRMAN OF THE NCDR BOARD, H.R.H. PRINCE MIRED R. Z. AL-HUSSEIN VISITED ANAMA

On 3-6 May 2009, Chairman of the Board of the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation in Jordan, H.R.H. Prince Mired R. Z. Al-Hussein accompanied by his delegation paid a visit to ANAMA. The main purpose of the visit was to familiarize with mine action program in Azerbaijan and discuss future plans for cooperation of two mine action programs. On 4 May 2009, within the frames of the visit H.R.H. Prince Mired made a trip to Fuzuli region. Having visited Shpartle (area of Fuzuli region) he was provided with detailed information about ongoing operations presented by Regional Operations Manager. While visiting ANAMA Regional Base in Fizuli the guests were informed on all aspects of training activities, training mechanisms and machines demonstrated by TSQA Division Officer. Following the visitors familiarized with mine detection dogs' facilities. On 5 May 2009, the meeting between Agency Director and the delegation headed by Chairman of the NCDR Board, H.R.H. Prince Mired was organized in ANAMA HQs. During the meeting information on Agency's activities, main aspects of national mine action strategy, cooperation with donors and partner organizations, and long- and short-term strategies for upcoming years was delivered by ANAMA specialists. H.R.H. Prince Mired expressed his interest in Agency's experience gained within Mine Survivors Assistance project, appreciated the efforts made in this sphere and stated his willing to use this experience in his country. In its turn, he invited ANAMA to participate in Senior Manager Course will be held in Amman in October 2009 and defined this invitation as the first step for cooperation between ANAMA and NCDR. ANAMA Director highly valued this suggestion and mentioned that Jordan mine action experience is significant factor for cooperation between Jordan and Azerbaijan in providing military and humanitarian mine clearance when Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenian forces are released. H.R.H. Prince Mired emphasized that there are a lot of similarities between mine action activities implemented in Jordan and Azerbaijan which can be successfully used as a good base for sharing experience and expertise in this direction as well as developing joint projects for provision of effective mine action programs in both countries. Within the frames of the visit Chairman of the NCDR Board, H.R.H. Prince Mired met with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Republic, Mr. Abid Sharifov, Defence Advisor of President, General Vahid Aliyev and MFA representative Mr. Qalib Israfilov, Head of Division, Department of Security Affairs. The discussions were mainly focused on all aspects of activties implemented so far by ANAMA. The Ottawa Convention issue was also touched upon as one of the priority questions for international community. In this regard H.R.H. Prince Mired noted that though Azerbaijan is not State Party to the Convention, the mine clearance activities implemented by its national mine action agency are superior to the programs in the most of the member countries. H.R.H. Prince Mired came up with the suggestion for Azerbaijan: in order to spread the information about Azerbaijan Mine Action Program actively supported by the Government of Azerbaijan in the world community ANAMA jointly with diplomatic organizations should participate in Review Conference held in Cartagena in November 2009. Defence Advisor of President, General Vahid Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan always welcomes any joint international initiatives and this particular suggestion will also be considered.