The Jeyranchol area, located in the northern-west part of the country along the Azerbaijan-Georgia border, was intensively used in 1955-1991 as a testing and training area of the former Soviet military, Director of ANAMA (Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action) Gazanfar Ahmadov said at the closing ceremony of the joint ANAMA-NATO/NSPA Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project “Clearance of mines and unexploded ordinances in Jeyranchel”.
"Within the first stage of the project of clearance of mines and unexploded ordinances in Jeyranchel area, 19 square kilometers of territory of a total area of 66 square kilometers was cleared within 28 months (April 2012-July 2014) and 14,654 UXOs (unexploded ordnances) and 173 anti-tank mines were neutralized," Ahmadov said.
According to him, the second stage of the project started in July 2014 and 25,361,396 square kilometers of territory was cleared and 1553 UXOs were disarmed within 29 months.
Ahmadov said that the third stage of the project started in January 2017 and about 22 million square kilometers of territory was cleared within 28 months and 2146 mines and UXOs were detected and disarmed.
"The first two stages of this project were leaded by the U.S. and the third stage by Turkey. Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Japan, Switzerland, Great Britain, also Turkey and the United States acted as donor countries. the Azerbaijani government allocated funds in the amount of 50 percent of the total value of the project," noted ANAMA Director.