Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 10
By Elmir Murad - Trend:
Azerbaijan and Georgia will sign an agreement to improve the ecological state of the Kur River, said Matanat Avazova, the deputy director of the national environmental monitoring department of Azerbaijan's Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry.
She told Trend August 10 that Azerbaijan has done extensive work on an international level to improve the Kur River's ecological state.
Avazova added that Azerbaijan has been for about two years discussing this issue with Georgia and the talks in this regard are already coming to an end.
She said the talks are being conducted through diplomatic channels and at the level of foreign ministries.
"Upon their completion, the two countries will sign a corresponding agreement, and the other side will have to fulfill the commitments to improve the quality of water in the Kur River," said Avazova.
"I believe that after signing the agreement it will be possible to prevent Kur's contamination," she added.
She also said that Azerbaijan 10 years ago joined the 'Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes' of the Council of Europe, and this structure issues reports on water quality assessment every four years.
Avazova added that international reports indicate severe pollution in the upper reaches of the Kur and Araz rivers.
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