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THE PRIORITIES HAVE BEEN SET

On 12 September 2007 ANAMA hosted Mr. Goran Gachnik, the Director of International Trust Fund (ITF) based in Slovenia and Dr. Nermin Hadzimujagic, the Director of Mine Detecting Dogs Center (MDDC) in Konice (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The aim of the visit was to discuss the cooperation plan for 2008 and set the priorities on how to further joint activities. During discussions ANAMA Director Mr. Nazim Ismaylov has stressed the importance of continuing cooperation with ITF and MDDC in the field of mine detecting dogs and with ITF in mine victims assistance. It has been also agreed that ANAMA operational staff will be involved in a number of regional training events planned by ITF. As a result of the meeting a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between ANAMA, ITF and MDDC. The Agreement is on the provision of MDDs for ANAMA and is dictated by yearly needs of ANAMA for maintaining the MDD capacity as well as for its further development to ensure proper level of MDD support to mine clearance. According to the Agreement during the year 2008 the MDDC will be producing 8 new dogs for ANAMA. Moreover, ITF and ANAMA have undertaken to seek for funds to support the MDD project in Azerbaijan Mine Action Program.