Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 21 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The natural resources of the Azerbaijani Fizuli region occupied by Armenia are destroyed, the Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported on Saturday.
The ministry's operations section supervising the devastating effects to the environment and natural resources in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan has identified a number of facts of destruction of natural resources by Armenians in the Fizuli region in the occupation period. Armenians cut down all the trees in the Dovlatyarli village located in a forest zone, destroyed green spaces along the roads in the Gochahmadli and Yaglivand villages, and burned more than 35,000 hectares of land in 2006-2009.
51 villages and center of the Fizuli region were occupied by the Armenians Aug.23, 1993 and more than 55,000 inhabitants left their Native Land.
The territory of the Fizuli region is 139, 393 sq.km, of which 125,368 sq.km is under occupation.
There are two limestone deposits Dovlatyarli and Dilagar in the Fizuli region. The deposits with reserves of 58,858 cubic meters are suitable for the production of stone-cube. The region also has the Kurdmahmudlu clay deposit suitable for the production of bricks and keramit, whose general reserves amount to 11, 211 cubic meters, and the sand- gravel deposit Guruchay, whose reserves amount to,13 053 cubic meters.
11 eastern plane trees, which aged from 200 to 1,400 years, have been registered in the Fizuli district and protected until the occupation.
The hydrogeological expedition conducted in 1960-1980 on the mountain and foothill areas of the Fizuli region discovered water complexes of the Jurassic period.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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