Discussions in the Ministry of Defence of RA
On March 29, First Deputy Minister of Defence Davit Tonoyan,
Deputy Minister Ara Nazaryan and Director of "Center for
Humanitarian and Demining Expertise" SNCO
held a consultation on the issues related to the organizational and
final agreement of demining activities in 16 confirmed mine-
exposed areas in 4 communities of the Syunik province, aimed on
the implementation of the technical task presented by the
"Humanitarian Demining and Expertise Center" SNCO, with donor
assistance provided by the U.S. Department of State, to be implemented by the "HALO Trust"
international organization and the peacekeeping engineering-sappers battalion of the ARM MoD.
Preparatory phase of the humanitarian demining activities has continued for several months, and
technical research and demining activities are scheduled to begin on the 15th of April. Before the start
of the activities, the sappers of the peacekeeping engineer-sappers battalion of the ARM MoD, along
with the experts of the "HALO Trust" international organization, will take a training course on the
standard introduction of the activities procedures and the joint involvement.
The international technical and inspection consultancy on humanitarian demining will be carried out by
the experts from the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, while the administration and supervision of the
quality as well as the adoption of the final results of the activities will be carried out by the
Humanitarian Demining and Expertise Center" SNCO.
This phase of the program will last more that a year, with a prospect of sequel in the future.
With the Support of OSCE Yerevan Office the CHDE Training Center Was Furnished
On October 28, First Deputy Minister of Defence Davit
Director of "Center for Humanitarian and Demining
Ruben Arakelyan and Head of the OSCE Office
in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin attended the opening
ceremony of two furnished classrooms at the "Humanitarian
Demining and Expertise Center" SNCO. The furnishing was
funded by the OSCE Office in Yerevan.
The program was carried out within the frame of the bilateral cooperaton program of 2013 between
the ARM MoD and the OSCE Office in Yerevan
After the tour in the area of "Humanitarian Demining and Expertise Center SNCO", a meeting
followed ,during which ARM First Deputy Minister of Defence expressed his gratitude to
Ambassador Sorokin for the assistance, carried out within the frame of the cooperation. Parties also
agreed to continue cooperation in the area of humanitarian demining within the frame of the OSCE
Summary of the results of non-technical survey on the mine impact
On June 1, during a press conference at MoD, ``Humanitarian
Demining and Expertise Center`` SNCO and the
representatives of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action
summed up the results of the non-technical survey conducted
from November 2012 to May 2013 in the territory of the
Republic of Armenia to identify the mine impact in
According to HDEC director Ruben Arakelyan the 7-month-long survey included the study of mine
impact, identification and mapping of contaminated areas. ``The survey was conducted in border
communities, forestry and roads of national significance of 5 provinces of Armenia including
Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Tavush, Gegharkunik and Ararat- overall 4255 sq km of land area with 34 723
inhabitants `` said Ruben Arakelyan.
After the director`s speech, Johannes Odendaal, Project Manager of the Swiss Foundation for Mine
Action (FSD) in Armenia noted that according to findings some 113 confirmed and 17 suspected
hazardous areas were identified. `` Also during the operations data about 264 mine victims was
collected and will be submitted to the Red Cross International Committee for further coordination
and support for the victims,`` said Johannes Odendale.
Press conference participants also informed that the comprehensive report on the survey is to be
presented to the government of the Republic of Armenia by July 15.
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