“May God rest the souls of our colleagues who died in Kalbajar. I offer my condolences to their families. We have faced similar dangers. The danger did not only lie behind mines in Tartar and other cities. We also backed from death’s door several times. Rockets and bombs fell 30-50 meters away,” said the operator of the Turkish Haber Global TV Ünsal Çakin, who was sent to Azerbaijan during the Second Karabakh War.
Report quotes him as saying that landmines were the biggest threat in the liberated territories.
“We moved there only under the guidance of the military and tried not to go beyond the areas that they pointed to. Because we saw many boards pointing to the danger of mines, and they did not take us to those territories. Armenians had planted mines in the places where these signs were installed, but there were also unknown mined places. There were soldiers killed in the search for mines,” he said.
“The minefields have been empty for 30 years. Now those people want to return to their ancestral lands, but there is a danger awaiting them. Armenia must provide Azerbaijan with mine maps to eliminate this threat and allow the returning people to live comfortably. Civilians will live in those territories in the future. The world powers must exert pressure on Armenia for mine clearance and provision of maps.