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Heads of number of NGOs make statement in connection with mine danger in Azerbaijan


BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 2. Over the past
three days, two civilians have died and four more have been
seriously injured as a result of a mine explosion. Non-governmental
organizations working within the framework of the mine risk control
program in Azerbaijan have addressed a statement to international
organizations in connection with recent mine incidents in the
country, President of the International Eurasian Press Foundation
Umud Mirzoev said, Trend reports.

“The illegal actions of the Armenian military units, which
massively polluted the liberated territories of Azerbaijan with
mines and dangerous ammunition, destroyed settlements, villages and
cities and wiped them off the face of the earth, continue to this
day. The explosion of mines in recent days in the Fuzuli, Tartar
and Khojavand district, as a result of which 2 people were killed
and 4 people were seriously injured, is a continuation of these
actions.

We, as civil society organizations, are deeply concerned about
the recent mine incidents that have resulted in the death of our
civilians. If the world community does not take the mine problem of
Azerbaijan seriously, if it is not given a legal assessment at the
international level, then this crime against humanity will deepen
every day and take the lives of more and more people.
Unfortunately, the mine incidents that have taken place once again
confirm the seriousness of the threat of this problem and the
importance of the numerous calls, messages and statements we have
voiced.

At present, Armenian provocateurs secretly penetrate into our
liberated regions and mine these territories. One of the reasons
for the fighting on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border on September
12-13 is connected with this provocation. By the way, during the
inspection of these territories, it was found that the Armenians
again buried thousands of mines.

It is no coincidence that after the agreement of November 10,
2020, more than 230 of our citizens, mostly civilians, became
victims of mine explosions. Among them were workers of social
infrastructure facilities and military personnel.

At present, the world community turns a blind eye to the mining
of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and remains silent. As civil
society organizations, we are witnessing the disdainful attitude of
international organizations and donors towards the mine problem of
our country. We appeal to the UN and its agencies, international
organizations, including donors, investors and call on them to
support the solution of the global mine problem in Azerbaijan.

We call on international organizations not to support the
unreasonable and provocative actions of the Armenian side, such as
rekindling the conflict. It is necessary to support activities
aimed at ensuring a truce, peace and sustainable development in the
region, and encourage activities to create an atmosphere of trust!
In this regard, they must protest against the mining of
territories, the installation of mine traps by Armenian military
units, and give a legal assessment to this,” said the
statement.


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