Armenians Once Again Set Fire to Large Territories in Azerbaijani Occupied Lands
Azerbaijan, Barda, 12 June / corr. Trend Sh. Jaliloglu/ On night of 11 June, the armed forces of Armenia once again set fire to the large territories in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.
The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan reported last week that the environment of Agdam and Fuzuli regions of Azerbaijan has received a severe damage worth AZN39,208, as a result of the fires set to the occupied lands of Azerbaijan by Armenians. The Armenians set fire to Soltanli, Namirli, Novruzlu and Sarijali villages of Agdam- which covered 20 hec territories. According to the press service of the Ministry, the study conducted by the experts of the Agdam department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, revealed that the fire in the upper fertile layer of the land inflicted damage to environment worth AZN220,000, AZN2,200 - to growth and AZN1,084 to atmosphere. In total, environment of Agdam region received damage of AZN25,284.
The growth and upper fertile layer of the land was completely burned, large volume of poisonous gases were emitted to the air and many animals got burnt during the fires set by the Armenians, that spread to 120ha area in Ashagi Saidahmadli, Gorgan and Horadiz villages of Fuzuli region. According to the estimations of the specialists, damages worth AZN13,200 were inflicted to environment and AZN318 to atmosphere as a result of the fire in the pastures and upper fertile layer of the land. In general, damages worth AZN13,518 were inflicted to Fuzuli region.
The Armenians have been intensively setting fire to the occupied lands of Azerbaijan for the last 3 years. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has informed the international organizations of this fact.
The fire covers the occupied territory of Aghdam region of Azerbaijan - Bashgarvand, Kengerli and Shiklar villages.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven surrounding regions. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
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