Eastern Europe

UN to create mission to clear mines in Karabakh

08:31, 24 November 2020
UN to create mission to clear mines in Karabakh Photo: Tofik Babayev/Xinhua/Global Look Press

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is working with other agencies to deploy a mission to the Nagorno Karabakh region, a representative of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations said, RIA Novosti reports.

The UNMAS, in coordination with other UN agencies and the field team, is working on the emergency deployment in the context of the UN assistance requested by the parties. It will likely begin with a needs assessment mission on the ground in early December, the representative noted.

On the night of November 10, Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev, and Nikol Pashinyan adopted a joint statement on the conditions for ending the conflict in Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, the forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan remained in their positions, and the parties started exchanging war prisoners and bodies of the dead. Russia deployed its peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh. The statement sparked protests in Yerevan, with participants demanding Pashinyan's resignation.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Armenia mulls reforming armed forces after the defeat in Karabakh.