UK encourages Armenia and Azerbaijan to sign convention pledging to stop the spread of landmines
11:10, September 2, 2021
YREVAN, SEPTEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS. UK Ambassador to Armenia John Gallagher addressed a message on the UK’s contribution to supporting mine action in areas of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas.
In his message, the ambassador said that âthe impact of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in particular the loss of human life and livelihood, has been devastating for the regionâ.
âI am proud that the UK was the first international partner to donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian response. We donated one million pounds (660 million drams). We are currently working with UNDP in the communities of Syunik, Vayots Dzor and Gegharkunik to provide psychological support and help create new economic opportunities for those affected by the conflict, âthe ambassador said.
He added that the UK has also pledged to help remove all weapons, landmines and explosives left over after the war, endangering lives and limiting the use of land.
âI am therefore delighted that the British Minister for the European Neighborhood, Wendy Morton, has announced a contribution of 500,000 pounds (330 million drams) to support UNDP efforts in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. We hope that other international partners will support the UN in this important work and we call on all parties to work with the UN to have full access for the UN and other international humanitarian agencies in all areas affected by the conflict.
Our contribution also recognizes the UK’s commitments to help rid the world of landmines. That is why we strongly support the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
The UK strongly encourages Armenia and Azerbaijan to sign this Convention, known as the Ottawa Treaty, which pledges to stop the spread of landmines.
Together, we can contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous future for all those affected by last year’s conflict, âsaid the UK Ambassador.