CIS member states to establish joint engineering unit for humanitarian demining
The CIS countries will establish a joint engineering unit for humanitarian demining, to be carried out by the armed forces of the member states. Today the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament ratified the corresponding agreement. The document will define the rules and directions of the unit’s work. According to the Kazakh Vice Minister of Defense, the militaries of the Commonwealth of Independent States will jointly conduct technical minefield reconnaissance, examine sites for mines and explosive objects, as well as explore former battlefield areas, and much more.
“The purpose of the agreement is to define the procedure for the formation, application, and termination of the activities of the Joint Unit, its status on the territory of the host or transit Party, and the status of military personnel of the Parties during the period of humanitarian demining. The document was signed with a reservation whereby our country will consider sending a national engineering unit to the territory of a third state that is not a member state of the CIS, as mandated by the United Nations Security Council,” said Daryn Tuyakov, Kazakh Deputy Minister of Defense.
Translation by Assem Zhanmukhanova
Editing by Saule Mukhamejanova