SHUSHA, Azerbaijan, December 24. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appealed to Azerbaijan over moving a child from Khankandi to Armenia for treatment, Trend reports from the scene.
The Committee asked permission for the transport of Vladimir Balayan (born in 2022) and his parents to Armenia for the child's treatment, as well as their return on the same day, accompanied by committee employees in three cars.
Three more ICRC vehicles have driven along the Lachin road without any incidents this morning.
The appeal also noted that on the way back, medicines for the Khankandi City Hospital would be delivered in the cars.
Representatives of Azerbaijani non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been protesting near Shusha, close to the Russian peacekeepers' temporary deployment area. The protest is being held against the inadmissibility of Azerbaijani specialists to the territory, to monitor the illicit exploitation of the country's mineral resources.
Previously, following the talks with the Russian peacekeepers' command on December 3 and 7, 2022, a group of experts from the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the State Property Service under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold CJSC were going to begin preliminary monitoring of the illicit mineral resource exploitation, as well as emerging environmental implications on Azerbaijani lands, where the Russian peacekeepers are temporarily deployed, on December 10, 2022.
The expert team was expected to inspect the environmental condition at the 'Gizilbulagh' gold deposit and the 'Damirli' copper-molybdenum deposit, monitor various areas, organize cadastral property records, assess potential risks and threats to the environment, as well as to underground and surface water sources.
However, when arriving in the monitoring area, the expert group, accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, faced provocations. The planned initial inspection and monitoring did not take place due to the fact that the Russian peacekeepers not only did not create necessary conditions and prevented for the entire process to carry on.