Armenia and Azerbaijan have taken to the world stage to thank the UK Government for providing a further £500,000 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support land mine clearance in their countries.
The UNDP have said the new funding will provide vital training and expert advice to make the area safe, prevent injuries and save lives.
Minister for Europe and North America, James Cleverly, said:
This UK contribution will harness the UN’s expertise, reduce the risks to civilian life in both Armenia and Azerbaijan, and allow people to rebuild their lives.
In the spirit of protecting all the peoples of the region, the UK urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to sign the UN conventions that seek to eliminate the use of anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions. We encourage the authorities to ensure the UN and other humanitarian agencies are able to contribute fully to supporting peace and development across all parts of the region.
The latest contribution brings total UK funding for demining to over £1 million since the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2020. It builds on the UK’s £1 million donation to the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2020.
The region is one of the most contaminated with land mines and unexploded ordnance in the world.