YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian said on Wednesday that a mine clearing center will open soon near Yerevan. The Center is being created with the financial assistance of the US government.
Serzh Sarkisian said that construction work on the facility located in a military base in the town of Echmiadzin will be complete by mid-February.
The center will have modern American equipment designed for detecting and destroying numerous land mines left over from the 1991-94 armed conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan. The US Department of Defense will also provide sniffer dogs and teach local personnel how to use them–Sarkisian said. The center–the first such facility in the South Caucasus–will need continued funding after its opening.