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By Sabina Mammadli
A monitoring group, which will investigate the issue of illegal
exploitation of natural resources, once again visited Azerbaijani
territories, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily deployed,
to conduct environmental observation, Azernews reports via
Azerbaijani State Television (AzTV).
The group consisted of employees of the Azerbaijani Ecology and
Natural Resources Ministry, the State Service on Property Issues
under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold Company.
Azerbaijan has earlier sent specialists to investigate the
illicit exploitation of mineral resources on the Khankandi-Shusha
Crossing the Azerbaijani territory under the Russian
peacekeepers' temporary deployment, the officials continued
negotiations with the command of peacekeepers at the Peacekeeping
The ministers expressed serious concerns and discontent over the
illicit exploitation of minerals as part of illegal economic
activities carried out in Azerbaijan's territories, where Russian
peacekeeping forces are temporarily deployed, as well as over the
resulting environmental and other consequences. The sides
emphasized the importance of monitoring and inventorying property,
as well as conducting ecological studies at deposits where illegal
mining is carried out.
In accordance with the meeting, Azerbaijan's Ecology
and Natural Resources Ministry issued a joint statement.
During the meeting, a number of questions were
discussed, including the inspection of the deposits, especially the
Gizilbulag gold deposit and the Demirli copper and molybdenum
deposit, as well as the cessation of illegal exploitation,
monitoring, and inventory in various areas, the organization of
cadastral registration of property, assessments of the risk to the
environment and to the sources of ground and surface water, and the
elimination of the consequences of the damage caused.
The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere.
Relevant contacts will be maintained. Additional information will
be provided to the public.
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