Azerbaijan, Baku, May 17 /Trend/
On the eve of the anniversary of Armenia's occupation of Lachin district of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan has distributed information about the plundering of natural resources in this district.
"Natural resources of Lachin district, which has been under occupation for 19 years, are plundered," the Ministry's press service said.
The territory of Lachin region, rich in natural resources, has sources of healing mineral waters: Turshsu, Galaderesi, Aganus, Hirmanlar, Tigig, Nureddin, Nagdaly, Hadzhihanly.
The region has reserves of 1,124 tons of mercury (Narzanli, Chilgazchay, Saribulaq), 4,457 tons of limestone, 2,533 cubic meters of marble limestone, two deposits of tufa (Agoglan, Ahmadli) which is used to produce stone for construction, 988 cubic meters of Novruzlu clay used to manufacture bricks, 2,144 cubic meters of Qushchu pumice stone, 15,794 cubic meters of mixture of sand and gravel, 10 tons of agate and 0.9 tons of jade, three volcano ashes with reserves of 10,449 tons and Minkand mineral water resources with capacity of 430,000 cubic meters per day.
Garagol Flora Reserve and State Flora Reserve in Lachin are under occupation at the moment. The reserve with area of 240 hectares houses 68 types and 27 families of plants.
The State Nature Reserve founded in 1961 houses roe, rock goat, swine, bear, turaj, partridge and thrush. The monitoring conducted in the reserve in 1989 revealed pasan, 96 wild boars, 360 roe deers, 320 bears, 110 wolves, badger, squirrel, 200 pheasants and 1,500 pheasants.
The Lachin region has forest with area of 33,285 hectares. There are pine, oak, hornbeam, birch, acacia, willow and pear trees in the forest.
On May 18, 1992, the Armenian occupiers destroyed hundreds of cultural facilities, tens of settlements, villages and historical monuments. Some 63,341 Azerbaijani citizens were driven out their home lands as a result of the occupation. Lachin region includes 121 villages with a total space of 1,835 cu. m. More than 300 military men and civilians were killed or missing during the occupation of the Lachin region. There are 8,950 buildings, 7 industrial and construction enterprises, 471 service facilities, 154 schools and hundreds of cultural and historical monuments left in the occupied lands.