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ANAMA CONDUCT CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN GUZDEK SETTLEMENT

On 10 June 2009, according to the Government's task ANAMA began to implementation of the clearance operations in Guzdek settlement of Garadakh region. One of the UXO serious problems inherited by Azerbaijan is the UXO problem in Guzdek settlement . Garadakh region is located in 20 minutes drive from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The former military warehouse which supplied 4 military commands with ammunition was located in the Guzdek settlement. As a result of explosion in 1991 thousand pieces of UXO were scattered over a large area continuously posing a serious humanitarian, socio-economic and environmental threat to the local population. The warehouse is located on 400,000 sq.m. and consisted of 20 storage facilities. There are evidences that perimeter of surrounding area is mined by AP mines. Since the explosion 10 accidents with 2 people killed were reported. The project covers checking, clearance, removal and destruction of UXO; clearance of mine affected territories with further disposal of all items found. The project envisages the clearance of 400,000 sq. m. of contaminated land in total. The duration of the clearance operations is 12 months. On 24 June 2009, representatives of media and ANAMA HQs paid a visit to Guzdek settlement and made acquainted with current status of the clearance operations in the field. Information on the trip was lightened by the leading TV channels and Info Agencies.