Politico: Azerbaijan grappled with reconstruction in one of world’s most densely mined areas

    POLITICS  02 December 2022 - 09:43

    Mat Whatley, a British army veteran and the former head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Donetsk, Ukraine, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia,  and an OSCE spokesman in former Yugoslavia in his article “The West’s consensus for a Ukraine Marshall plan is wrong", touched upon the issue of mines in the East of Ukraine and drew attention to the fact that Azerbaijan is a leader in the fight against this problem.

    According to Whatley, who criticized in his article, published by Politico, the “Marshall Plan” proposed by the West to restore Ukraine, said money is not able to solely push such a plan to work.

    "Throwing money at the problem, as America did in postwar Europe, won’t work — a fact borne out by recent experiences in the Caucasus after Azerbaijan regained control of the Karabakh region and more of its sovereign territory, which was illegally occupied by neighbouring Armenia for a generation," he wrote.

    "Over the last two years, Azerbaijan has grappled with reconstruction in one of the world’s most densely mined areas, as decontaminating the lands returned to them has been a priority: It lay the way for the return of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons who were forced from their homes. And as their resettlement has become a point of national pride, the government has thrown its national reserves at it."

    Whatley added that however, demining is expensive, labour intensive and painstakingly slow, and given the lengthy training involved, scaling up capacity has proved challenging. Since Azerbaijan liberated the region two years ago, 514 square kilometres — that’s one-and-a-half times the global rate in 2020 — has been cleared. This is progress. But 11,270 square kilometres remain, according to the author.

    "This makes clear the enormity of the challenge that soon faces our Ukrainian friends, with more than 10 times the contaminated land mass found in Karabakh," he wrote, adding without clearing Ukraine of the explosive remnants of war, the country’s reconstruction and integration into the European and global economy will be hampered.

    Caliber.Az

    Subscribe to our Telegram channel


Read also

Expert: Attack on Azerbaijan’s embassy in Iran should serve as wakeup call

04 February 2023 - 14:23

Training course graduates get certificates in Azerbaijan PHOTO/VIDEO

04 February 2023 - 13:57

Azerbaijan's ambassador to Mexico exposes Armenian lies

04 February 2023 - 13:03

Azerbaijan performs practical exercises on fire training VIDEO

04 February 2023 - 11:39

UK envoy: Azerbaijan's role in Europe's energy supply great after Ukraine war

03 February 2023 - 19:37

EU Commissioner hails Azerbaijan's potential to become renewable energy exporter to EU

03 February 2023 - 17:17
ADVERTS
Latest news

    International travelers enjoy Jidir plain view in Shusha

    04 February 2023 - 15:32

    Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first goal for new club Al Nassr

    04 February 2023 - 15:20

    Minister: Azerbaijan exports 600 million cubic metres of gas to Bulgaria in 2022

    04 February 2023 - 15:07

    Turkish Airlines cancels 238 flights due to weather conditions

    04 February 2023 - 14:55

    Portugal refuses to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

    04 February 2023 - 14:43

    American volunteer aid worker killed in Bakhmut while helping Ukrainian civilians

    04 February 2023 - 14:33

    Expert: Attack on Azerbaijan’s embassy in Iran should serve as wakeup call

    04 February 2023 - 14:23

    Ex-justice minister Zeynalyan may become Armenia's ombudsman

    04 February 2023 - 14:10

    Training course graduates get certificates in Azerbaijan

    PHOTO/VIDEO

    04 February 2023 - 13:57

    International travelers from 12 countries arrive at rally site on Khankandi-Lachin road

    04 February 2023 - 13:42

    Ukraine to extend martial law, mobilisation for 90 days

    04 February 2023 - 13:30

    Türkiye to launch GOKDOGAN, BOZDOGAN missiles from onshore, offshore platforms

    PHOTO

    04 February 2023 - 13:24

    Türkiye, Indonesia sign military cooperation agreement in Ankara

    04 February 2023 - 13:17

    Azerbaijan's ambassador to Mexico exposes Armenian lies

    04 February 2023 - 13:03

    Ukraine announces early arrival of Leopard, Challenger and Abrams tanks

    Defence minister's statement

    04 February 2023 - 12:50

    Suspected supporter of PKK terrorist group detained in Sweden

    04 February 2023 - 12:38

    Gibraltar accuses Spain of 'gross violation of sovereignty' over customs operation

    04 February 2023 - 12:26

    German traveler: Visit to liberated Azerbaijani lands - unique chance

    04 February 2023 - 12:16

    bp eyes to commission three more wells at Shah Deniz

    04 February 2023 - 12:02

    Ukraine claims Russian death toll rises to more than 130,000

    04 February 2023 - 11:51

    Azerbaijan performs practical exercises on fire training

    VIDEO

    04 February 2023 - 11:39

    Azerbaijani border guards thwart another drug smuggling from Iran

    PHOTO

    04 February 2023 - 11:29

    ISW: Russia perpetuates war in Ukraine as direct threat to its security

    04 February 2023 - 11:16

    US, EU, G7 and Australia announce new price cap on Russian petroleum products

    04 February 2023 - 11:02

    Organisation of Turkic States condemns burning of Quran in Sweden, Denmark

    04 February 2023 - 10:51

    Top US diplomat slams 'unacceptable' China balloon

    04 February 2023 - 10:42

    International travelers from UK arrive in Karabakh

    04 February 2023 - 10:32

    France, Italy ready to deliver SAMP/T anti-missile system to Ukraine

    04 February 2023 - 10:20

    Organisation of Turkic States, International Crisis Group discuss global crisis issues

    04 February 2023 - 10:11

    Eco-activists still active on 55th day of rally on Khankendi-Lachin road

    04 February 2023 - 09:54

    Moldova hopes to receive gas from Azerbaijan through Romania

    04 February 2023 - 09:42

    US imposes sanctions on board of directors of Iranian drone maker

    04 February 2023 - 09:31

    President Erdogan: Türkiye supports Kosovo’s vision to join NATO, Council of Europe, EU

    04 February 2023 - 09:19

    OPEC’s oil production drops in January as Saudi Arabia cuts output

    04 February 2023 - 09:00

    Eastern Europe wants NATO to beef up defence spending

    04 February 2023 - 08:35

    US kicks off 5G competition to upgrade base communications

    04 February 2023 - 08:05

    How Korean nuclear threat could gradually, then suddenly, lead to war

    04 February 2023 - 07:34

    UK faces bleakest outlook in generations as more Britons stop working

    04 February 2023 - 07:02

    US Army plant making artillery shells for Ukraine

    PHOTO

    04 February 2023 - 06:33

    China needs to junk its economic playbook

    Analysis by Foreign Policy

    04 February 2023 - 06:04

    Sweden tightens anti-terror laws as Finland confirms joint NATO bid

    04 February 2023 - 05:36

    India to boost defence spending 13%, with billions for new weapons

    04 February 2023 - 05:05

    The Guardian: How Putin’s plans to blackmail Europe over gas supply failed

    04 February 2023 - 04:35

    Some 40 nations may boycott Olympics, says Polish minister

    PHOTO

    04 February 2023 - 04:03

    Western companies still doing business in Russia year into Ukraine invasion

    04 February 2023 - 03:32

All news