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After several days fixing for the BBC for a report on Armenia-Turkey relations and the conflict with Azerbaijan over the breakaway territory of Nagorny Karabakh, a photo commission from The National newspaper saw me return to the same topics no sooner had that work finished. 

There's much to be said about both subjects and not least because the two are now very definitely interlinked, but I'll save that for a later post on this blog.

Meanwhile, The National will likely start publication of a series of articles from as early as next week. In fact there should be quite a few articles and features penned by The National's Daniel Bardsley with accompanying photos by yours truly.

Until then, two images from last week's visit to Nagorny Karabakh on a subject I've also covered extensively in the past in articles such as this as well as on my blogs here and here -- the danger of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Photos: HALO Trust detonation of UXO, Askeran, Nagorny Karabakh (Top), mine casualty, Amaras, Nagorny Karabakh (Bottom) © Onnik Krikorian for The National.


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Onnik Krikorian | June 28, 2009 5:47 AM | Reply

Daniel's piece on HALO Trust and the danger of mines and UXO in Nagorno Karabakh went out in The National today:

AMARAS, Armenia // In a picturesque mulberry orchard, two men pick up a white plastic frame and slowly walk forward through the long grass.

As they edge ahead, a colleague behind plants red stakes in the ground to mark the area the pair has covered.

Then, as they move a few more feet, a shrill alarm sounds: something underground needs investigating.

It could be an anti-tank mine of the kind that have killed a string of residents and white stakes are planted in the soil to indicate where further tests are needed.

This is all in a day’s work for the Halo Trust, a British charity that has been helping to clear Nagorno-Karabakh of mines and unexploded ordnance for nearly a decade.

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