The ICRC continued its operations in Azerbaijan during the first half of 2018 to deliver humanitarian assistance to those who are affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Activities related to humanitarian protection, economic security and water and habitat were carried out in communities located along the line of contact and international border Armenia. Approximately, 3,000 individuals benefited from the ICRC's neutral intermediary role from January to June in 2018.
Escalation of the conflict in April 2016 forced residents of the heavily affected Talish village in Nagorno-Karabakh to flee to a safer place. For some, Alashan, an area of former Soviet pioneer camp became the new home.
The ICRC Mission in Nagorno-Karabakh has been working continuously to respond to people's needs, which resulted from the escalation. In Alashan, we supported 18 families to start vegetable production. We provided seeds, fencing materials and rehabilitated the water supply network thus helping them start cultivating own gardens.
By Sara Israfilbayova
The number of foreigners arriving in Azerbaijan increased by more than 10 percent.
Head of Azerbaijan’s State Migration Service Vusal Huseynov made the remarks at an event dedicated to the results of the Service’s activities in the first half of this year.
He noted that in the first six months of this year, 827,352 foreigners and stateless persons arrived in Azerbaijan.
“This shows a 10 percent increase in the number of foreigners in the country,” Huseynov said, adding that this figure was 747,107 people in the same period last year.
Baku, 18 July 2018 –Twenty years ago, a vast majority of the former warzone in Azerbaijan was contaminated with unrecorded landmines, rendering the territory hazardous and unusable for potential IDP resettlement. In 1998, the Government of Azerbaijan called on UNDP’s assistance in establishing the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA), a non-military agency mandated to conduct humanitarian demining in areas posing the greatest threats to human safety and livelihoods.
By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) cleared a territory of 281,091 square meters in June, the Agency told Trend on July 3.
During this period, ANAMA’s staff discovered and defused 38 unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and an anti-tank mine. The operations involved 484 members of operational staff, 134 members of administrative personnel and 40 detection dogs.
In June, demining operations were carried out in Absheron, Agjabadi, Agdam, Agstafa, Fuzuli, Khizi, Khojavand, Gazakh, Lankaran, Tartar regions and in Baku, Ganja and Yevlakh.
By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan’s State Committee for Refugees and IDPs and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) will jointly implement a project for internally displaced persons. This was said at the meeting between the Chairman of the State Committee Rovshan Rzayev and the GIZ Director on Azerbaijan Sonia Fontaine on June 4.
The dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of new states in Central Asia and the Caucasus created new political and security dynamics in these sub-regions. While the Caucasus was affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the threat of conflict over shared water resources continued to exist in Central Asia.
Vaqif Sadiqov, Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations in Geneva, praised the UAE’s pioneering role in supporting international stability, which has made it among the first countries to provide humanitarian assistance for refugees, through its participation in the international efforts to face humanitarian crises around the world, including the internal refugee crisis in Azerbaijan.
It is with profound sadness that we report that three of our staff were killed and two injured, by the accidental detonation of an anti-tank landmine in the Ghazanchi area of Nagorno Karabakh on the morning of 29th March. The staff members were in a vehicle conducting minefield survey duties at the time.
Three people have been killed in an explosion after a vehicle belonging to the international demining group HALO Trust hit a mine in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, officials said.
A spokeswoman for the de facto health ministry in Nagorno-Karabakh, Maya Azatian, told RFE/RL that two other people who were in the car were injured in the March 29 blast.
Representatives of HALO Trust told RFE/RL that the three people who were killed and the two who were injured were all local residents.
In 2017, the ICRC continued to carry out a variety of activities in Azerbaijan, in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. People living in exposed areas benefited from diverse range of projects aimed at humanitarian protection of civilians and supporting livelihoods of the most vulnerable.
VIENNA, 7 December 2017 - On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Vienna, we the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries -- Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, U.S.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has viewed conditions created at a newly built residential complex for 1,170 IDP families in Tartar district.
President Ilham Aliyev visited IDP Pakiza Mammadova's house.
Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, chair of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov informed the President that 1,170 apartments occupys a total area of 88,000 square metres. The four-storey buildings have 120 one-room, 504 two-room, 472 three-room and 80 four-room apartments.
ICRC: Our work in Azerbaijan between January and June 2017
Supporting people affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continues to affect lives of people in frontline communities. Civilians living in exposed areas are in need of increased humanitarian protection and economic stability. More than 4500 people from the conflicting sides went missing during the war. Humanitarian consequences of the conflict remain focus point of our activities in the regions.
By Rashid Shirinov
Scientific researches has revealed that the number of areas that are prone to landslides in Azerbaijan has increased by four times in the past 24 years. Many landslide zones exist in Lerik, Yardimli, on Shamakhi Road, and in the Absheron peninsula.
The relative activity in the dynamics of landslide processes, and the processes of collapse and flooding was recorded at 106-111 kilometers of Baku-Shamakhi highway, in the territories of the settlements of Zykh-1, Mashtaga-Zabrat, Dash Karkhanasi and Gala.
VIENNA, 17 October 2017 – The Austrian OSCE Chairmanship closely followed the meeting of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Geneva on 16 October.
“We are pleased to see the fresh impetus and commitment by the Presidents to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and seek additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact,” a spokesperson of the OSCE Chairmanship said.
"Many people are displaced but they are in areas that are highly militarised. There's a pressure that you have to be prepared, that war can explode at any time"
By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
TALISH, Azerbaijan, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflict can be long, slow and boring. Especially for the civilians stuck in its midst, living a half life that is neither full war nor genuine peace.
It is more than 20 years since a ceasefire formally ended fighting between ethnic Azeris and Armenians in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
by Stephen M. Bland
At 7 AM on a recent Monday morning, the staff of the HALO Trust gathered at their compound in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. This summer, tension has been running high amid frequent exchanges of gunfire along the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.