Mr Mitja Hegler
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Kyrgyz Republic is contaminated with landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW), although the precise locations and extent of the residual threats are not known. According to the Minister of Defense, landmine/ERW contamination exists in the southern Batken province bordering Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as a result of military use during clashes in 1999 and 2000. No official statistics exists for mine/ERW casualties.
In October 2011, ITF experts have together with OSCE and Ministry of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic implemented an assessment mission, during which the need to support mine action activities in the Kyrgyz Republic was recognized as one of the priority areas for ITF intervention. The assessment confirmed that weak storage conditions as well as large amount of obsolete ammunition throughout the Kyrgyz Republic pose a serious threat to human security. A consensus on cooperation was reached in July 2013, when ITF signed first Protocol on Cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic and in June 2015, when the second Protocol on Cooepration was signed.
What we do
The exposure within the Central Asian region, including Afghanistan, to explosive hazards is acknowledged. This continued threat fosters various negative implications, from safety, security, humanitarian development and impacts on confidence and security building processes. Thus, ITF is since 2009 supporting the Central Asia states in addressing the concerns and challenges stemming from explosive hazards (EH) through regional technical cooperation in which initiative Kyrgyz Republic is actively engaged.
In addition ITF has signed two bilateral Protocols on Cooperation with Ministry of Defence aiming to enhance national capacities dealing with explosive hazards and to reduce the treats to human security posed by large amount of obsolete ammunition.
In 2014, ITF has continued with the implementation of activities agreed in the Protocol on Cooperation. This includes technical check of antipersonnel landmines and other engineering ammunition stored in three storage warehouses, procurement of classroom and basic field explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) equipment, support of the construction of a bunker/shelter to enhance national capacities, organization of explosive hazards reduction trainings, support of disposal of unusable engineering ammunition surpluses and engineering ammunition surpluses that are hazardous for storage in the Kyrgyz Republic.