UN special rapporteur states that Armenia pollutes rivers flowing to Azerbaijan
- 11 October 2019
“The rivers flowing through Armenia to Azerbaijan are subject to environmental pollution,” Hilal Elver Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council said at a press conference on her initial observations and mission statement within the framework of the visit to Azerbaijan, APA reports.
“Azerbaijani farmers face severe water shortages and pollution, especially from rivers that flow across the border from Armenia” Elver said.
"The water resources in Azerbaijan are assessed at 32.3 billion m3. The 31.9% of the water resources are generated in the country and the rest come from adjacent territories, mainly from Georgia and Armenia, such as from Kura and Aras rivers.
Unfortunately, because of Armenia’s hostile act, it creates serious water problems in downstream Azerbaijan. Armenia can block the water anytime, and sends polluted water to Azerbaijan. The ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has enormous negative impact on water resources.
Access to water, especially drinking water, is a human right for all,' the statement reads.