Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan is among one of world’s most mine-contaminated countries 


October 13, Fineko/ Azerbaijan is among one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world. According to initial estimations, during the times of occupation, Armenia planted more than one million landmines. 

ABC.AZ reports that President Ilham Aliyev made the above-mentioned sttameent at a plenary session of the 6th Summit of the Conference on Interaction & Confidence Building Measures in Asia.

Our country’s leader emphasized that during 2 years after the 2nd Karabakh War more than 250 Azerbaijani citizens were killed or severely injured as a result of landmine explosions:
“International experts estimate that Azerbaijan needs nearly 30 years and $25 bn to solve issues related to demining.”
The president added that in parallel with mine clearance operations, Azerbaijan with its own financial resources, undertakes a large-scale reconstruction works in the liberated areas. 
“We’ve also begun the return process of the former internally displaced persons back to their native lands. The program called “Great Return” has started,” he said.