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INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE JOINT ANAMA-NATO/NSPA PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE TRUST FUND PROJECT - JEYRACHEL PROJECT PHASE II

On 8 July, 2014 Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action organized an official ceremony dedicated to the completion of the “clearance of mines and unexploded ordinances in Jeyranchel Phase I and the inauguration of Jeyrachel Project Phase II” the joint ANAMA-NATO/NSPA Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project.

This momentous occasion took place in Four Seasons Hotel on July 8, 2014 with the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Abid Sharifov, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Mr. James Apparthurai, NATO Support Agency, General Manager Mr. Mike Lyden, Ambassadors of Diplomatic Missions to Azerbaijan and representatives from NATO and NATO Support Agency, as well as high governmental officials from Azerbaijan Government.

From 1955-1991, the former Soviet Army military testing and training field located in Jeyranchel along the Azerbaijani-Georgian border, was in an active use. These mines and UXO pose a serious and ever-increasing threat to the safety and security of the local people. 

Within the first phase of the Project 19 sq.km of the total 64 sq.km contaminated area has been cleared and 14.654 UXOs and 173 mines have been found and destroyed. 

The second phase of the “Jeyranchel Clearance Project” on the clearance of 23 sq.km has been officially confirmed by NATO. The United States of America continues with its dedication as the Lead Nation for this project. The Government of Azerbaijan being deeply concerned with this situation and considering the importance of this project for the country continues to contribute 50% of the total budget of the project. The second phase of the Project started in July 8, 2014 and will continue for 24 months. 

Mr. Ismayilov made an opening speech about the scope of the UXO problem and emphasized high significance of the project launched within NATO PfP Trust Fund Program. He has also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the contributing Nations that supported the successful completion of the I Phase and start of the II Phase of the JCP Project.

Mr. Abid Sharifov, Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Azerbaijan, the Coordinator of  the Project on behalf of the Government of Azerbaijan, has emphasized that up today within Saloglu and Jeyranchel Projects, as well as in other areas thousands of hectares have been cleared and now that areas are safe for those that live there and can safely cultivate and use these lands.

Mr. James Appathurai, Special Representative of NATO Secretary General in the South Caucasus and Central Asia noted: Nato side gave a positive assessment to the relations between NATO and Azerbaijan, and thanked the Azerbaijani side for the successful cooperation.

Mr. Mike Lyden, NATO/NSPA General Manager mentioned: “Managing a project such as this is made so much easier when working with a high performance organization such as ANAMA with strong political support both the Government of Azerbaijan and NATO.  Equally I am delighted that the US have agreed to continue to act as Lead Nation for this project.

Now, with ANAMA, we are successfully implementing very large firing range remediation project, Jeyranchel clearance. Today, we are recognizing the successful completion of Phase-I project and start-up Phase-II project. We are very confident that this project will also deliver another success story as a result of excellent cooperation between us – emphasized Mr. Bulent Tudes, NATO/NSPA Programme Manager.

Mr. Richard Morningstar, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan remarked that as the lead nation for this NATO Partnership for Peace Trust project, the United States is delighted to lead the Jeyranchel mine clearing project into the next phase today. Over the next two years, we look forward to supporting ANAMA in clearing and securing another 23 square kilometers of land. And we are pleased that this project builds on previous work and contributes to developing a regional capacity in ANAMA.

Mr. Samir Poladov, ANAMA OPs Manager has delivered presentation reflecting details and background of the ANAMA-NATO/NSPA joint project - Clearance of Mines and Unexploded Ordnances in Azerbaijan.

The guests acquainted with the training equipment organized by TSQA Division and Mine Risk Education corner set by MRE Department.

At the end of the ceremony certificates were presented to ANAMA staff who had been involved with NATO projects for over 10 years as 2004-2014.