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"US GOVERNMENT WILL FURTHER FACILITATE AZERBAIJAN MINE ACTION PROGRAM"- GENERAL WILLIAM E. (KIP) WARD, DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE US EUROPEAN COMMAND

On September 21, 2006 General William E. (Kip) Ward, Deputy Commander of the Headquarters of the US European Command visited ANAMA HQs and met with Agency Director Mr. Nazim Ismaylov to discuss ongoing ANAMA-USEUCOM cooperation and future possibilities of US Government support to the Agency. Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates, Political Advisor/USEUCOM, Brigadier General Melvin G. Spiese, Deputy Director of Strategy/USEUCOM, Mr. Stuart Chenea, Mine Action Program Manager/USEUCOM and accompanying delegation has also participated in the meeting. The presentation on five year history of ANAMA-USEUCOM cooperation with references to the scope of mine and UXO problem in Azerbaijan, both in accessible war-torn territories and occupied Nagorno Garabakh and adjacent districts has been demonstrated. ANAMA plans for upcoming years and long-and-short-term strategy have been also delivered within the presentation. The guests have been briefed on the ANAMA achievements and outcomes which are mainly the result of the US Government support. During his speech Mr. Nazim Ismaylov talked about the scope of mine problem in Azerbaijan and emphasized that the current sustainable national mine action capacity in place has become real due to the contributions of different countries and organizations. ANAMA Director stated, the continuous cooperation is very vital to have all the plans fulfilled. Negotiations on the settlement of the conflict are going hard and Azerbaijan invites all interested parties to facilitate soonest resolution of the problem to launch joint demining operations. General Ward expressed his positive impression regarding the accomplishments and progress which has been got by ANAMA to date and underscored that overall mine action activity in Azerbaijan is presented on a level with the highest international standards. Addressing to ANAMA long-term expansion strategy he stated that once the occupied territories of Azerbaijan are liberated, US Government will assist the Agency to overcome huge-scale mine problem in these areas. General Ward revealed the willingness to do all his best to facilitate mine action activities in Azerbaijan providing equipment and trainings.