Azerbaijan reveals number of water facilities in Armenian-occupied territories

Economy Materials 5 November 2020 16:54 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijan reveals number of water facilities in Armenian-occupied territories

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov.5

By Ilhama Isabalayeva – Trend:

Azerbaijan’s Amelioration and Water Management OJSC disclosed the number of water farm and land reclamation facilities under occupation, Trend reports on Nov.5 citing the company.

According to the company, in the occupied territories, there were nine reservoirs (Sugovushan settlement where the reservoir is located had already been liberated) and seven basins. The length of the irrigation networks on the lands occupied by Armenia was 6,426 km, the number of waterworks - two, the length of the collector and drainage network - 330 km, the hydraulic structures - 8,003 km, the number of pumping stations - 88, and sub-artesian wells - 1,429.

Some 125,800 hectares of irrigated land in Azerbaijan were remaining under the occupation.

The company noted that special commissions will be created to more exactly determine the number of water and land reclamation facilities in the liberated territories. As a result of the investigation carried out by these commissions, the areas fit for use will be identified.

The commissioning of those facilities after the liberation of the occupied lands will ensure uninterrupted water supply to the territory where there are difficulties with this, will contribute to the expansion of irrigated land, increase agricultural yields and restore the ecological balance. Ultimately, all this will contribute to higher yields throughout Azerbaijan, summed up the company.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.

The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.

Despite the fact that so far the parties have reached an agreement on a humanitarian ceasefire three times, Armenia continues to violate this agreement.

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, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.