Over 30 vehicles pass through Lachin-Khankanadi road amidst protests
The picketing of Azerbaijani eco-activists on the Lachin-Khankandi road against the illicit exploitation of Azerbaijan's natural resources marks the 93rd day, Azernews reports.
Despite the biting weather, the picketers started the day off by performing the national anthem and continued to chant various slogans calling for an end to the ecocide against Azerbaijan.
By the time of writing, 12 supply trucks and 5 passenger cars of the Russian peacekeepers, as well as 8 passenger cars and 6 trucks of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) moved through the road with no restraints.
From the onset, Azerbaijan has been in a constant fight against Armenia's disinformation campaign on different platforms. Addressing the 146th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Sahiba Gafarova once again refuted claims about the alleged "blockade" of the Lachin road, noting that the road is open for the free passage of all civilian and humanitarian vehicles, as confirmed by the relevant international organizations operating in this area.
The vigorous vigil dates back to December 12, 2022, and to this day, the picketers have not altered their motive in compelling the Russian peacekeepers to provide access to the Qizilbulag and Damirli deposits in Karabakh for Azerbaijani experts to assess their current state and possible impact on the region's environment.
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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