Peaceful protests of Azerbaijanis on Lachin road continue (PHOTO/VIDEO)

SHUSHA, Azerbaijan, December 23. The
peaceful protests of Azerbaijanis near Shusha, close to the Russian
peacekeepers’ temporary deployment area, have been going on for the
twelfth day straight, Trend reports from the scene.

The protesters chanted “End the eco-terror”, and “End
the environmental crimes!”.

Representatives of Azerbaijani non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) have been protesting near Shusha, close to the
Russian peacekeepers’ temporary deployment area. The protest is
being held against the inadmissibility of Azerbaijani specialists
to the territory, to monitor the illicit exploitation of the
country’s mineral resources.

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 sources.

However, the expert group, accompanied by Russian
peacekeepers, faced provocations when arriving in the monitoring
area. 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 on.

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