The United Kingdom has contributed £500,000 to help clear landmines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, in order to make the area safer, avoid injuries, and save lives.
The United Kingdom has given £500,000 to recovery operations and to de-mining one of the world’s most polluted land mine locations. These monies will be used to support demining training and people, and the UK is now urging other countries to join the UN Development Programme (UNDP) effort.
Following last year’s conflict, the UK has contributed half a million pounds to help clear landmines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh in order to make the area safe, prevent injuries, and save lives.
In and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the funding allocated to the United Nations Development Programme will help with training and staff to facilitate mine removal and render polluted land suitable for human use.
Following the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the United Kingdom was the first government to pledge humanitarian assistance, donating £1 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist people impacted.
Now, the United Kingdom is urging other countries to join the UN initiative to assist thousands of conflict-affected people in rebuilding their lives and returning to their homes after being displaced by conflict or unexploded munitions.
The funds will be used by the UN to provide technical, strategic, and management assistance to local and national demining organisations in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Across the region, a considerable number of landmines and explosive ordnance exist, posing an indiscriminate hazard to human life. The United Kingdom continues to encourage Armenia and Azerbaijan to sign the Ottawa Treaty, which aims to eradicate the use of landmines worldwide.