Picket of Azerbaijani eco-activists on major Karabakh road enters 58th day [PHOTO]
February 7, 2023, marks the 58th back-to-back day of the peaceful picketing of the Khankandi-Lachin road near Shusha, Azernews reports.
Vehicles continue to pass through the road without any hindrance. Thus, February 7 saw the passage of two passenger cars and three trucks of the Russian peacekeepers, as well as six passenger cars and one truck of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) along the mentioned road. Besides, 23 supply vehicles drove backward along the mentioned road, without any problems.
Following discussions with the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent on December 3 and 7, 2022, Azerbaijani specialists from the Ministries of Economy, Ecology, and Natural Resources, the State Service for Property Issues under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold Company were to conduct primary monitoring on illegal exploitation of mineral deposits on Azerbaijani territory. However, the monitoring failed due to the provocation of ethnic Armenians.
After the Russian peacekeepers' failure to provide the necessary conditions for the Azerbaijani agency representatives to carry out their duties in the area, a group of eco-activists, NGOs, and public representatives have taken to the street in protest at the peacekeepers' repugnance to live up to their obligations in line with the November 10, 2020, peace deal to maintain peace and order in the region, and oust the Armenian troops from the region and prevent illegalities. However, time proved that the Russian peacekeepers are driven by the interests of Russia rather than the idea coming from the essence of the notion of peacekeeping as universally understood.
Sabina Mammadli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @SabinaMmdl
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