2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Armenia

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

FUNDING FY15 FY16 FY17 FY93–17 TOTAL
DOS NADR - CWD 300 0 0 4,292
DOS Other 0 0 0 3,000
DoD 40 10 226 3,467
USAID 997 0 0 3,145
COUNTRY TOTAL 1,337 10 226 13,904

Dollars in thousands

ARMENIA

The 1988–1994 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region left parts of Armenia heavily contaminated by landmines and UXO. Armenia made significant gains in its demining program and now manages clearance operations independently, due in part to previous U.S. training and capacity building programs that led to the Department of State concluding CWD funding to Armenia in 2015. Programs funded by the United States finished in 2017.

From 1993 to 2017, the United States provided more than $13.9 million to Armenia aimed at building its government’s capacity to manage its residual UXO problem.

In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partner (using FY15 funds):

  • ITF, in partnership with MLI and the Mine Detection Dog Center of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MDDC), continued to support Armenia’s national capacity to clear landmines by providing instruction to mine detection dog (MDD) trainers at the Armenia Center for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise. However, after six MDDs funded by MLI did not maintain certification standards, they were removed from Armenia for rehabilitation and re-certification. Five of the MDDs were donated to other organizations in the European region where they are performing successfully. One MDD was retired from service due to health concerns.

With funding from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the United States European Command (USEUCOM) conducted a Requirements Determination Site Survey for EOD engagements scheduled in early FY18.