Armenia’s diversion still threatens Sarsang reservoir
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 24
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov stated about an existing threat of Armenia's diversion in the Sarsang Reservoir, located on the Tartar river.
"Armenia, which has occupied 20 percent of the Azerbaijani territory, can make a diversion in the Sarsang Reservoir," he told the reporters Nov. 24.
Ahmadov urged the international organizations to take measures to prevent the possible diversion in the reservoir, built in 1976.
The technical facilities of the Sarsang reservoir, built at an altitude of 726 meters above the sea level, are in an emergency condition due to the lack of necessary maintenance for more than 20 years of the Armenian occupation.
The probable destruction of the reservoir as a result of disrepair of the technical facilities, natural disaster or diversion are a real threat for Azerbaijan.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.