During the Second Karabakh War, the Armenian side spontaneously mined the Azerbaijani territories before leaving, said Idris Ismayilov, chief of staff of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA).
“The Armenian Armed Forces fired more than 1,400 banned shells and weapons at the territories of Azerbaijan”, Ismayilov noted.
“Currently, more than a hundred personnel are clearing mines in the frontline. 80-85 per cent of the liberated areas are dangerous. Fields, mountains and pastures will be cleared of mines. It is planned to return people to their homes as soon as possible”, he added.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.
On November 10, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Under the agreement, Russian peacekeepers are being deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia. A total of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers are to be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate.
Also, according to the agreement, on 20 November, Armenia handed over the Aghdam region which lies to the east of Nagorno-Karabakh, to Azerbaijan. This followed on 25 November by the Kalbajar region to the northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Finally, on 1 December, Armenia will hand over the Lachin District, over which the Lachin pass connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia passes.
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