Azerbaijan, Baku, May 6 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
Operative Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, which determines the scale of destruction of environment and natural resources in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, having studied the video, which were taken in various ways in Shusha region after its occupation, found evidence of destruction of natural wealth by the Armenians, the press service said on Friday.
The facts prove that as a fuel in the city of Shusha there are used rare perennial trees of Karabakh forests; in the area of the reserve in the Topkhana forest in Shusha city, at the highest point, part of the forest was cut down and construction work was carried out there, the Khan Cave in length of 114 meters, consisting of tectonic lime stone, which is located in the south of Shusha at the height of 1,365 meters above sea level, was destroyed with extreme cruelty, about 200 trees of various species of large diameter at the top of the Shusha city were cut down.
19 years have passed since the occupation of Shusha by the Armenians. The city is 29,356 hectares and about 20 percent of the territory is a woodland area. There are medicinal mineral water sources like Turshsu and Shirlan in the city, which can be compared with the well-known water sources of Yessentuki, with daily debit 70,000 and 342,000 cu m. Medicinal herbs are widely grown in the region.
There are facing stone fields with reserves 1,143 cu m, as well as Kechaldag clay fields with 397,000 cu m reserves suitable for use as construction materials. In 1988, the State natural reserve Dashalti was set up in Shusha and Askaran regions with an area of 450 hectares. Since 1992, the territory has been under occupation and the reserve was completely destroyed.
Shusha was occupied by the Armenian armed forces on May 8, 1992.