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AZERBAIJAN PROVIDES REPORT UNDER ARTICLE 7 OF THE OTTAWA CONVENTION

The Republic of Azerbaijan provided its first Report under Article 7 of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction. The Report and accompanying letter signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs was sent to the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva. The first presentation of this initiative will happen during the upcoming UN Disarmament and International Security Committee Conference. This goodwill initiative of Azerbaijan as a non-state member in favour of Ottawa Process is a result of persistent joint activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ANAMA. The Report does not cover occupied territories of Azerbaijan such as Nagorno Karabakh and 7 adjusted regions currently controlled by the Armenian forces. Being a mine-affected country Azerbaijan supports the very idea of having a powerful advocacy tool for joining all actors of international community to coordinate initiatives for a complete ban on antipersonnel landmines. Permanent attention of Azerbaijan to this issue has been reflected in different practical measures – support of the Convention ideas in the state policy on security and disarmament, number of official statements appreciating the principles of the Convention, establishment of the National Mine Action Agency and its activity – all speak for our position. In 2005 the Government of Azerbaijan first time voted for the UN resolution titled as "Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction" (A/C.1/60/L.56) and expressed its hope that in future, when the armed conflict is settled and the Azerbaijani territories are liberated, our country will be able to accede the Ottawa Convention as a full member.