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"CLEARANCE OF UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES IN AZERBAIJAN" PROJECT WAS PRESENTED IN THE NATO PFP TRUST FUND

On 13-15 May, 2009 ANAMA Planning and Development Manager, Mrs. Nigar Azimova participated in the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Workshop in Helsinki, Finland conducted by NATO and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The presentation of Mrs. Azimova reflected the setting up and management of the "Clearance of unexploded ordnances in Azerbaijan" Project, in other words Saloglu Clearance Project, from the Host Nation perspective. 70 representatives from NATO and other international organizations discussed best practices for Trust Fund projects to retrain former military personnel, and the safe destruction of surplus munitions, small arms and light weapons. By May 2009 over 20 projects have been launched since the establishment of the Trust Fund policy in 2000, (http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_54637.htm?mode=news) nine of which have already been completed. To date more than 50 million Euros have been contributed to these projects. Trust Fund projects are making practical contributions to promoting security and defence reform in countries in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond. Currently projects are underway in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine. All of these initiatives are part of NATO's practical contribution to combating terrorism, supporting nations' defence reforms, and safely destroying surplus conventional arms and munitions.