Azerbaijan is seeking to make accusations of an environmental nature to Yerevan on an official and unofficial level, Prime Minister Pashinyan announced at the government session, essentially responding to the demand of more than 2 dozen Azerbaijani NGOs to stop the activities of Armenia's large mining companies.
"Moreover, for this, Azerbaijan attributes mines to Armenia that simply do not exist, raises circumstances that are fictitious," the Prime Minister announced.
They ask the Prime Minister to open the doors of all mines in Armenia to Azerbaijani experts and to ensure all conditions for on-site monitoring.
Nikol Pashinyan shared only one indicator. In the 2022 report of the US Yale University on the environmental status of states, Armenia is 56th among 180 countries, Azerbaijan is 104th.
“The open letter pursues political goals, not environmental ones,” President of "EcoLur" Informational NGO Inga Zarafyan mentioned. "The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline is operating in Azerbaijan, it passes through the territory of the Borjomi National Park in Georgia, there were so many actions by Georgian NGOs and in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, which naturally had no outcomes."
The Armenian environmentalists are also preparing to respond to the Azerbaijanis with a statement, until then Inga Zarafyan, the president of "EcoLur" Informational NGO emphasizes that this open letter pursues political goals, not environmental ones. Among them, according to Zarafyan, there are many factual errors in the letter written on the basis of the publications of the NGO she leads. "They were not even able to correctly name all the enterprises that operate in Armenia."
July 14, 2023 at 16:09