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THE SIXTEENTH MEETING OF THE STATES PARTIES TO THE ANTI-PERSONNEL MINE BAN CONVENTION

On 18-21 December, 2017 Mr. Elnur Gasimov, ANAMA Training, Survey and Quality Assuarance Division (TSQAD) Leader and Mr. Ashraf Mammadov, ANAMA Planning and Development Officer participated at the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention takes place in Vienna, Austia.

 

The meeting started with a special opening ceremony remembering the 20 years of action of the Convention led by 16MSP Chair Thomas Hajnoczi. ICRC President Peter Maurer, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, ICBL Ambassador Tun Channareth, Special Envoy HRH Prince Mired of Jordan, GICHD President Barbara Haering, and UNODA Director participated.

At the mentioned event, ANAMA representave Mr. Elnur Gasimov provide participants with brief information on Agency’s achievments and trainings conducted for 3 State Parties – Turkey, Ukraine and Afghanistan and noted: “The land mine and ERW problem in Azerbaijan is mainly the consequence of the military aggression of the Republic of Armenia. Which eventually resulted with occupation of 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan (Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding regions) and resulting with 1 million internally displaced persons and refugees settled in various places of Azerbaijan. There are 4 UN Security Council resolutions 822, 853, 874, 884 on recognizing Armenia as an aggressor and calling it to withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. But unfortunately mentioned above UN Resolutions are not fulfilled, and internationally recognised territories of Azerbaijan still remain under the Armenian occupation”. He especially mentioned that though Azerbaijan cannot join the treaty until the Armenian troops withdrawn from the occupied territories, Azerbaijan supports the solution of humanitarian mine problems on a global level. Azerbaijan fully supports the principles and philosophy of the Ottawa Convention.