Stories under this heading cover the South Caucasus – a region encompassing Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as the unrecognised entities of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.
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On January 23, the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed to establish a civilian monitoring mission in Armenia’s border areas in order to “ensure an environment conducive to normalization efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan”. The deployment of the mission has caused mixed reactions in the two countries and frustrated Russia, writes Vasif Huseynov in this op-ed for commonspace.eu.
The Azerbaijani Campaign to Ban Landmines has been in existence for nearly twenty five years, and has implemented many actions in support of banning landmines. South Caucasus Landmine Observer interviewed Hafiz Safikhanov, Director of the Azerbaijan Campaign to ban Landmines, about the work of his organisation and the serious landmine problem in Azerbaijan:
The HALO Georgia programme has begun non-technical survey (NTS) of two of the five remaining known minefields in Tbilisi Administered Territory (TAT), at Khojali (Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region) and Kadoeti (Mtskheta-Mtianeti region). Located near to the administrative boundary lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, these dangerous areas are legacies of armed conflicts in the South Caucasus during the 1990s and early 2000s and have caused multiple human and animal accidents over the decades.