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Foreign Ministry of Artsakh comments on the news on the U.S.  suspending of funding for HALO Trust projects in Artsakh

Foreign Ministry of Artsakh comments on the news on the U.S.  suspending of funding for HALO Trust projects in Artsakh

ArmInfo. A statement was made  by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh in  connection with information on the termination by the United States  of America of financing for The HALO Trust projects in the NKR.

The statement, in particular, reads: '' The USAID funding for the  humanitarian demining programs of the The HALO Trust NGO in Artsakh  was implemented in accordance with the planned schedule and budget,  which expired in 2020. However, humanitarian demining work in Artsakh  is not complete yet, and mine hazards for the population of Artsakh  remain. Humanitarian demining is essential for the people of Artsakh,  as it ensures the security and mobility of the civilian population as  well as creates conditions for economic and social activity.  In this  context, it is regrettable that the decision to halt funding for the  project has been made.  However, it should be noted that the U.S.  Congress continues the discussions on the U.S. Foreign Appropriations  Bill for the next fiscal year, and 75 Congressmen have addressed a  letter to the leadership of the Congressional Appropriations  Committee, calling for 2021 budget to envisage funding for the  continuation of demining activities in Artsakh.  At the same time,  representatives of the U.S. leadership have stated that they are  considering the possibility of implementing other projects in  Artsakh. We are hopeful that the U.S. Government will continue to  support the implementation of other programs aimed at development and  solving humanitarian issues in Artsakh.  We would also like to use  this opportunity to express our gratitude to the U.S. people and  Government for their continued assistance rendered to Artsakh for  many years, thanks to which numerous projects have been  implemented''. 

HALO Trust is a British charity and American nonprofit organization  dedicated to the disposal of landmines and unexploded ordnance that  could be dangerous for civilians. HALO is an acronym for Hazardous  Area Life-Support Organization. Founded by member of the British  Parliament and former British Army Colonel Colin Campbell Mitchell in  1988. Diana, Princess of Wales, in January 1997, worked with the HALO  Trust in her global campaign to end the production of anti-personnel  mines (During her trip to Angola, Diana wore a bulletproof vest with  the HALO-TRUST logo).  HALO Trust has more than 7,000 engineers. Its  employees worked in Nagorno-Karabakh, Cambodia, Mozambique, Somalia,  Sri Lanka, Eritrea, Abkhazia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Angola and  Afghanistan. 

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