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VISIT OF GICHD DIRECTOR AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICER TO ANAMA

On 1-5 March, 2010 the Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Ambassador Stephan Husy, the Team Leader for the mechanical demining section as well as the GICHD's technology officer, Mr. Erik Tollefsen and ANAMA representative undergoing an internship program at GICHD, Mss. Nigar Vahabova paid an official visit to ANAMA. The main goal of the visit of respected humanitarian demining organization in the world, GICHD representatives to ANAMA was to familiarize with ANAMA activities, mine action program in Azerbaijan, national and international training implemented by ANAMA and to discuss future cooperation perspectives. Within the frames of the visit the delegation paid a visit to Guzdek settlement of Garadagh region to observe abandoned ammunition storage area clearance operations in situ. After the briefing and observation, Ambassador Stephan Husy has been invited to on site demolition control point to carry out demolition of some one hundred ordinances found during clearance operations. Mr. Husy has personally conducted demolition by pushing a button on a blast machine. On 3 March, 2010 GICHD representatives and Ambassador of Switzerland to Azerbaijan, H.E. Mr. Alan Guidetti made a trip to Fuzuli, where they have participated in the tests of the magnet attachment for Bozena 5 desinged to collect metal objects from the mechanically prepared land. The tests are held in accordance with the Memorandum between ANAMA and Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. On 4 March, 2010 the guests had an official meetings with UNDP Deputy Resident Coordinator Ms. Noura Hamladji and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Abid Sharifov.