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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.