(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 8. The Ministry of
Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued
a statement in connection with the construction of a large
metallurgical plant in the territory of Armenia, bordering
Azerbaijan, with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, trend reports citing the
The statement said Armenian Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan
posted on his social media account information and videos
confirming the construction of a large steel plant with an annual
production capacity of 180,000 tons on an area of 16,500 square
meters in the village of Yeraskh (Arazdeen), located on the border
Armenia with Azerbaijan, with the Nakhchivan Autonomous
"This means that Armenia is once again flagrantly violating the
norms and principles of international law, especially the
provisions of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary
Context (Espoo Convention).
Thus, according to the provisions of the Espoo Convention, if a
large-scale economic activity planned by a party to the Convention
on its territory has a negative impact on the environment on the
territory of other countries, this activity must be agreed with the
relevant authorities of this country, and a document must be
prepared on environmental impact assessment.
Also, as a party to the Espoo Convention, Armenia had to ensure
the participation of Azerbaijan and the public in the affected
areas in the transboundary environmental impact assessment
procedure before the start of this activity.
We inform you that this is not the first time that Armenia does
not comply with the norms of international law, including
environmental law. Some time ago, Azerbaijan filed a lawsuit
against Armenia under the Espoo Convention regarding plans to build
a new nuclear reactor on the territory of the Metsamor nuclear
power plant, and it was decided that Armenia did not comply with
the provisions of the Convention.
Everyone knows that the mining industry in Armenia has a serious
negative impact on the ecological environment of Azerbaijan. The
industrial waters of the large mining enterprises of Armenia - the
Gajaran copper-molybdenum plant and the Gafan ore-dressing plant
with a high chemical content - have been intensively polluting the
transboundary Okhchuchay for a long time.
These facts show that such illegal actions of Armenia have
become a source of danger not only for Azerbaijan, but also for the
ecological environment of the entire region.
We strongly condemn the actions of Armenia that damage the
ecological security of the region and contradict the norms of
international law, and we call on the international community to
pay special attention to this issue," - statement says.
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