In a significant development, the Azerbaijan Mine Action Service (ANAMA) has received 8 new forms of minefields from Armenia, according to ANAMA. The submitted forms primarily contain information about the minefields surrounding the Murovdagh mountain range in the Kelbajar (Karvachar) region. The forms detail the types of mines, the number, and the distances between the mines.
However, ANAMA stated that the latest data provided is not accurate and reliable as analysis of the forms showed that the indicated data do not match with real minefields and the coordinates of the points are incorrect. This revelation has raised concerns about the accuracy of information provided by Armenia regarding minefields in its territory.
In January, Armenia announced that it would hand over to Azerbaijan eight newly discovered logs of maps of minefields. However, Azerbaijan reacted harshly to this statement, stressing that it expects Armenia to present concrete maps of all mined areas. Baku also noted that the accuracy of maps presented by Armenia under international pressure after November 9th, 2020 is only 25 percent.
This development raises questions about how accurate and reliable information is being provided regarding minefields in Nagorno-Karabakh and how this affects efforts to clear landmines from areas previously affected by conflict. It remains to be seen how this revelation will impact future discussions and negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding demilitarization efforts in Nagorno-Karabakh.