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Armenia carries out eco-terrorism against Azerbaijan

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The manner of terrorism includes itself eco-terrorism as well, but nobody could argue which kind of terrorism is worse than another, Trend reports citing Commentary by the Center for Economic Reform Analysis and Communication.

Originally, eco-terrorism often described as environmental warfare consisting of the deliberate and illegal destruction, exploitation, or modification of the environment as a strategy of war or in times of armed conflict. Currently, eco-terrorism is what we can call actions of Armenia in legal Azerbaijani territories during the last 30 years.

Firstly, we should note the fact that for the last 30 years Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounded 7 regions of Azerbaijan were under illegal occupation of Armenia, while all those territories are officially recognized as part of Azerbaijan. As a result of the occupation, nearly 30 thousand people lost their lives and more than 1 million Azerbaijanis had to leave their homes. Ever since Armenia has never stopped its anti-environmental behavior, thereby, overall nature and biological diversity of those territories are seriously damaged. Environmental collapse is worsening each and every day.

Armenia's eco-terrorism also negatively affected Azerbaijan’s water management and planning system. More precisely, some transboundary potable water resources and irrigation systems are under the direct invasion of Armenia and they are usually used as a “weapon” against Azerbaijani people.

Water stress is a hot topic in the modern world and Azerbaijan, where 72,7% of all surface water resources are generated outside of the country. Armenia continuously contaminates transboundary water resources with chemical and biological items. Research shows that each year nearly 350 million cubic meters of water passing through Armenia is polluted with chemical substances. Furthermore, microflora and microfauna of the 43 km part of the Araz river in the territories of Azerbaijan were completely destroyed and the amount of heavy metals in the Araz river is much higher than normal.

Furthermore, Azerbaijan’s highest reservoir according to its dam’s height (125 m) with a total water capacity of 560 million cubic meters, Sarsang water storage located in the Agdara region (Nagorno-Karabakh) is also under invasion. In the past, the Sarsang reservoir provided 6 regions of the Republic (Tartar, Agdara, Barda, Goranboy, Yevlakh, and Agjabadi) with water for irrigation. After the ceasefire starting from 1994, the Armenian side blocked these reservoirs and used to open the canal during spring and autumn in order to cause damage to Azerbaijani lands by creating artificial floods. Moreover, the water reservoir is more likely to fall down in case of any technical or deliberate provocation. Day after day Sarsang reservoir become the biggest threat to regional ecological and national security. As a result of this eco-terrorism, the ecological and humanitarian crisis could happen leading to the disappearance of biological diversity and flooding of 5 regions (where 400 thousand people live) of Azerbaijan.

Getting a bird's-eye view of all the issues, it becomes unsurprising that, Azerbaijan signed the “Convention on the Protection and Use of Trans-boundary Watercourses and International Lake” of the UN in March 1992, but Armenia did not. While eco-terrorism acts of Armenia were discussed with international organizations several times, lots of articles were written and researches were conducted in this regard. Consequently, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution # 2085 dated 26 January 2016 on “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water” which states:

“… The Assembly considered that the deliberate creation of an artificial environmental crisis must be regarded as “environmental aggression” and seen as a hostile act by one State towards another aimed at creating environmental disaster areas and making normal life impossible for the population concerned”;

The resolution also states that the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia and other adjacent areas of Azerbaijan created similar humanitarian and environmental problems for the citizens of Azerbaijan living in the Lower Karabakh valley and lack of regular maintenance work for over twenty years on the Sarsang reservoir, located in one of the areas of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia, poses a danger to the whole border region. The Assembly emphasizes that the state of disrepair of the Sarsang dam could result in a major disaster with great loss of human life and possibly a fresh humanitarian crisis.

Taking into consideration all of those facts, the Assembly requested immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the region concerned, thus allowing access by independent engineers and hydrologists to carry out a detailed on-the-spot survey, global management, throughout the catchment area, the use and upkeep of the Sarsang water resources, international supervision of the irrigation canals, the state of the Sarsang and Madagis dams, the schedule of water releases during the autumn and winter, and aquifer overexploitation. They also called Armenian authorities to cease using water resources as tools of political influence or an instrument of pressure benefiting only one of the parties to the conflict.

Despite the Resolution Armenia did not back down from its odious and inadequate actions and consistently demonstrated unconstructive behavior to the principles of international law.

The liberation of Sugovusan (formerly called Madagis) from Armenian occupation, on the 3rd of October 2020, enables to restore of the regional eco-balance.

The Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Foreign Policy Issues Department of the Administration Mr.Hikmat Hajiyev stated that:

“30 years long environmental terror came to an end with the de-occupation of Sugovusan village of Azerbaijan. Tartar river runs with plentiful water. On purpose, Armenia always stopped the flow of water. Eco balance will be provided in Tartar, Goranboy, and Yevlakh regions of Azerbaijan.”

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Azerbaijani oil price on the rise

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The price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $0.6 on Dec. 3 compared to the previous price, making up $49.48 per barrel, Trend reports with reference to the source from the country's oil and gas market.

The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $48.94 per barrel on Dec. 3, which is $0.6 more compared to the previous price.

Azerbaijan has been producing Azeri LT since 1997 and exporting it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and Baku-Supsa Western Export Pipeline, as well as by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi.

Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.

The price of URALS with shipment from the port made up $48.22 per barrel on Dec. 3, which has increased by $0.62 compared to the previous price.

The cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, made up $48.41 per barrel, increasing by $0.68 compared to the previous price.

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Azerbaijan slams French parliament’s unjustified resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh

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Azerbaijan has strongly condemned the adoption by the French National Assembly of a resolution entitled "Protection of the Armenian People and Christian Communities of Europe and the East" .

"The adoption of the resolution… is another completely unjustified, unfriendly and provocative activity of the French Parliament. The adoption of a biased resolution by the lower house after the Senate is a sign of the ongoing campaign against Azerbaijan," the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its official website on December 4.

The ministry added that as the name of the resolution suggests, the National Assembly members, who have nothing to do with the reality and want to add religious overtones to the issue, try to present their pro-Armenian positions on artificial grounds.

"Azerbaijan is a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state where people of different religions and ethnicities live as one family in harmony and peace. We reject attempts to portray the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict as a clash of religions and civilizations, and strongly condemn such an approach, which poses a serious threat to peace and security," the ministry added.

The ministry ruled out any legal force of the resolution and said that it run counter to all existing international documents.

"However, as in the case of the Senate, given the political meaning of the National Assembly document, we would like to emphasize that these completely wrong resolutions contradict the norms and principles of international law, the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, UN Security Council resolutions of 1993, and the existing bilateral documents between Azerbaijan and France," the ministry said.

Azerbaijan sees this step of the French parliament as a serious blow to the country's mediation mandate overshadowing bilateral relations.

"It should also be noted that the French National Assembly has never held a hearing or adopted a resolution on one million Azerbaijanis, who have been subjected to ethnic cleansing and whose fundamental human rights have been violated. This clearly shows that the French parliament takes a completely biased position," the statement added.

The ministry added that the French parliament's approach completely contradicted the provisions of the trilateral statement signed by the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian leaders on November 10,2020, and seriously undermined efforts to ensure peace and security in the region and globally. The statement stressed that the French ambassador will be summoned to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry over the case and Azerbaijan's strong protest will be brought to the attention of France.

Earlier, the French Senate adopted a draft resolution on the recognition of the self-styled entity in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was seriously condemned by Azerbaijan's high-ranking official circles. On November 26, Azerbaijan sent its protest note to France over the resolution adopted by the French Senate on November 25 entitled "On the need to recognize the ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic'".

On November 10, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a Russia-brokered agreement to end fighting in Karabakh and work towards a comprehensive solution.

The November peace agreement ended the 30-years-old conflict between Baku and Yerevan over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region that along with the seven adjacent regions came under the occupation of Armenian armed forces in the war in the 1990s. For nearly three decades, Armenia failed to implement the UN Security Council resolutions (822, 853, 874 and 884) demanding the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of its troops, which was the main obstacle to the resolution of the conflict.

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France had been mediating the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict since the signing of the volatile cease-fire agreement in 1994. The Minsk Group’s efforts resulted in no progress as Armenia refused to abide by the UN Security Council resolutions.

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Turkish Embassy extends condolences regarding Azerbaijan’s martyrs

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The Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan expressed condolences in connection with the martyrs of the recent phase of the Karabakh war, Trend reports referring to publications posted on the pages of the embassy in social networks.

“We honor the blessed memory of the 2,783 brothers who gave their lives for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, we wish the wounded brothers a speedy healing, and remembering that Azerbaijan and Turkey are one people, two states, we emphasize once again that Turkey will always be next to Azerbaijan,” the statement said.

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