Azerbaijani Ecology Ministry: Armenia increases Araz River’s pollution in 11-13 times
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 / Trend M. Aliyev /
There is an increase in 11-13 times in pollution level in the Araz River from the second half of November as a result of falling into the river the houses, industrial and mining enterprises' wastewater, entering into water facilities in Armenia's territory without purification, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told Trend today.
From Nov. 16, the Beylagan laboratory of analytical studies of the Ecology Ministry monitors pollution level, increasing the number of observations to three times a day.
"Armenia doesn't observe any ecological norm towards the Araz River, as well as its inflows flowing to Armenia and the occupied territories, as well as on all other rivers, on the contrary deliberately exposes them to extreme pollution, which is nothing but a way of causing the maximum possible damage to Azerbaijan, its nature and people," the ministry said.
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 and the surrounding regions.