23-25 April 2012 Director of ANAMA Mr. Nazim Ismayilov and ANAMA Operations Officer Mr. Tural Mammadzade participated at the ceremony of “Jordan free of Minefields” dedicated to the completion of the clearance of registered minefields in the territory of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan has become the first country in the Middle East to clear itself free of minefields and by this fulfilling the obligations of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
(The Ceremony was held in the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center- Dead Sea)
The Chairman of the National Committee for De-mining and Rehabilitation HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al Hussein officially announced that “Jordan is now free of minefields” at a celebration held under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II, the Regent, and attended by several Royal family members, as well as the Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, representatives of Donor communities, ambassadors from several countries, senior officials and officers and landmine survivors.
“By de-mining all known mined areas, Jordan has fulfilled its legal obligation under the international law as a State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention”, Prince Mired, chairman of the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR), said.
Within the framework of visit to Jordan, Mr. Ismayilov had bilateral meetings with H.R.H. Prince Mired and Mr. Mohammad Breikat the Director of NCDR with the participation of Azerbaijan Ambassador to Jordan Mr. Elman Arasly to discuss the opportunities for possible cooperation between Azerbaijan and Jordan in the sphere of humanitarian mine action.
“Throughout the years our organization have established a sustainable and well experienced national mine action capacity in all the aspects of this humanitarian action in accordance with International as well as National standards applied in all the pillars of this effort directed to saving lives and contributing to the social-economic development and welfare of the affected regions” said HRH .
“Jordan has put the best of its efforts and resources to deal with the hazard of mines all along its borders. It’s due to the personal dedication by His Majesty the King Abdulla II to the elimination of these dangerous items that have lead to the successful completion of the obligations undertaken by Jordan under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention” said Mr. Ismayilov.
It has been emphasized by both sides that there is a wide range of activities which can be considering for bilateral cooperation between mine action programs based on the recent intergovernmental agreement on partnership and cooperation regarding assistance of disabled persons. In order to better benefit other countries in the region and in the neighborhoods ANAMA and NCDR should come together by putting joint efforts oriented to support programs where national capacity is not yet in the desired level of sustainability. In order to realize the joint plans and activities there was a mutual agreement made to have an “MOU” between two Organizations which will facilitate closer cooperation and exchange of experiences in all the aspects of humanitarian mine action.