Peaceful protest of Azerbaijani eco-activists continues on Lachin-Khankendi road (PHOTO)

SHUSHA, Azerbaijan, February 5. The peaceful
protest of Azerbaijani environmental activists on the
Lachin-Khankendi road against the illicit exploitation of
Azerbaijan’s mineral resources in the area of Russian peacekeepers’
temporary deployment has been going on for over fifty days,
Trend reports
from the scene.

Despite the cold weather, the participants continue their
peaceful protest.

Previously, following the talks with the Russian peacekeepers’
command on December 3 and 7, 2022, a group of experts from the
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the State Property
Service under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold CJSC were going
to begin preliminary monitoring of the illicit mineral resource
exploitation, as well as emerging environmental implications on
Azerbaijani lands, where the Russian peacekeepers are temporarily
deployed, on December 10, 2022.

The expert team was expected to inspect the environmental
condition at the ‘Gizilbulagh’ gold deposit and the ‘Damirli’
copper-molybdenum deposit, monitor various areas, organize
cadastral property records, assess potential risks and threats to
the environment, as well as to underground and surface water

However, when arriving in the monitoring area, the expert group,
accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, faced provocations. The
planned initial inspection and monitoring did not take place due to
the fact that the Russian peacekeepers not only did not create
necessary conditions and prevented for the entire process to carry

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