Armenia conducts hydroterror operations against Azerbaijan

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Baku, 6 October 2017 –

Armenia is occupying Azerbaijan’s territories though military aggression and violates international conventions by conducting hydro-terrorism activities. The Caucasus region covers the intersection of Europe and Asia, as well as territories between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The trans-boundary water basins of 8 states in the region are in a joint dependence. The water resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan are 30.9 km3; about 70% (20.3 km3) of these are formed in the neighboring countries. It should be noted that these rivers flow into our country polluted. In general, the Republic of Azerbaijan is considered a country with limited water resources. The amount of river water per capita is 3219 m3 / year. If we take into account only local water resources, then this figure will be 1104 m3 / year. The ancient Azerbaijani lands play a major role in the water supply of the Armenian population as 81% of rivers' water resources in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan are formed in Kalbajar region. At the same time, the source of Arpa and Bargushad Rivers feeding the lake of Sevan (Goycha), Armenia's main source of freshwater, is in these regions. The Republic of Armenia, by extorting sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and using its hydropower resources after the occupation of 20% of its territory, has created an artificial environmental crisis in the country. There are practically no irrigation facilities on trans-boundary rivers that flow from Armenia to Azerbaijan. Water sources of Terter, Tovuz and Khachinchay Rivers, formed in Azerbaijan, are currently under occupation of the Armenian armed forces. Each year 350 million m3 of contaminated water is discharged into the Kura and Araz Rivers, Oxchuchay and Arpachay basins of the basin are contaminated by waste from industrial chemical enterprises of Armenia. Waste oil products, phenols, heavy metals are serious damage to the health of the population, national gene pool and ecology in Azerbaijan. The quantity of emissions (electron ions) emitted from the Qafan and Qajaran mines, copper-molybdenum combines and the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant to the Araz River (Razdan arm), included in the category of "polluted water", are more than critical. This factor is undoubtedly linked to the large-scale economic activity that foreign companies conduct in the occupied zone. For the past five years, gold and copper smelting enterprise in the Drambon and Agdere regions of Beytz Metal (Base Metal) continues to contaminate trans-boundary watercourses. It is no coincidence that in August 2016, the Egyptian media ("Yaşasin Misir" newspaper), with the exception of the current state of the Metsamor nuclear power plant in the Fukushima 1 NPP in Japan, have published shocking news about potential source of danger. One of the threats of hydropower is the Sarsang reservoir located in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, with a total water capacity of 560 million m3 (Agdere district).  The facility, which was commissioned in 1976, used to irrigate nearly 120,000 hectares of sown areas in Terter, Barda, Yevlakh, Agjabedi, Aghdam and Goranboy regions. The Sarsang Reservoir, the tallest reservoir in Azerbaijan, played an important role in the region's water supply, with the aim of protecting irrigation, hydro-energy, floods and floods. At present, artificial floods and droughts, which Armenians regularly carry out through the Sarsang reservoir, cause environmental tensions in the flat regions of Azerbaijan and create serious difficulties in meeting the freshwater needs of the population and agricultural areas. In addition, the emergency situation at 125 meters high is threatening the lives of 400,000 residents living in surrounding areas.

This activity of Armenia is a gross violation of international norms and constitutes a crime against humanity.

Yegana Baxshiyeva

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