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Reliability Issues with Minefield Data in Nagorno-Karabakh: The Unfolding Danger in Murovdagh Mountain Range and Calls for Accurate Information

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Feb 12, 2024
Yerevan Sends Baku 8 Inaccurate Minefield Forms

In November 2020, Armenia and Azerbaijan announced a ceasefire agreement to end the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. As part of this agreement, Armenia pledged to provide accurate information about the minefields in the region. However, a recent report by the Azerbaijan Mine Action Service (ANAMA) has revealed that the data provided by Armenia is not reliable. According to ANAMA, eight new forms of minefields have been handed over to Azerbaijan, but these forms do not match with real minefields and the coordinates of the points are incorrect.

In January 2021, the National Security Service of Armenia announced that it was going to hand over eight newly discovered logs of maps of minefields. However, Azerbaijan reacted harshly to this statement, stressing that it expects Armenia to present concrete maps of all mined areas. Baku also noted that the accuracy of the maps presented by Armenia under international pressure after the tripartite announcement of November 9, 2020 is only 25 percent.

The Murovdagh mountain range in Kelbajar (Karvachar) region is particularly dangerous due to its dense minefields. The latest data provided by Armenia does not reflect this accurately, and ANAMA has urged caution for anyone entering this area until accurate information is available.

Overall, it is clear that there is still work to be done in order for both sides to provide accurate information about the mined areas in Nagorno-Karabakh. The safety of civilians and military personnel depends on this information being correct and reliable.

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