ANAMA discovers two UXOs

ANAMA discovers two UXOs

Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) on Tuesday released a report on the UXOs discovered in the Fuzuli, Aghjabedi, Aghdam, and Terter districts, ANAMA told APA. 

In the territories of Fuzuli, Aghjabedi, Aghdam, and Terter, 5 houses and yards, 6 sown areas, 19 explosion sites were inspected. As a result, 2 UXOs were found and an area of 31,171 square meters was cleared. 

In the districts of Zardab, Terter, Aghjabedi, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Goranboy, Tovuz, Samukh, Shamkir, Jalilabad, Ujar, and in the cities of Baku, Sumgayit, and Mingachevir from 7 April to 31 May 2016, the areas of 548 houses, 2 military units, 2 village cemetery, 4 rural secondary schools, 1 medical center, 21 farms, corn fields and 1 wine factory were inspected, APA reports.

As a result, 1,479 unexploded ordinances, 11 anti-pedestrian mines (PMN), 2 POMZ-2 anti-pedestrian mines, 6 anti-tank mines were discovered and defused.

Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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