Azerbaijani President: "Restoration of the Basitchay nature reserve has started today"
- 15 February 2021
"Then the President, the first lady and their daughter Leyla arrived at the Basitchay State Nature Reserve in Zangilan district" said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he visited Fuzuli, Zangilan, Lachin and Jabrayil districts with first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyevaon February 14, APA reports.
"During the occupation, Armenian invaders committed environmental terror in the Basitchay Reserve, and indeed in all other areas. The hated enemy destroyed almost half of the forest area of the reserve and burned the roots and firewood of the trees. The environmental balance of the natural ecosystem which had formed here over the years has been seriously undermined as a result of Armenian vandalism. President Ilham Aliyev, first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva planted plane trees in the Basitchay Reserve. Then the President, the first lady and their daughter released fish into the Basitchay. We have planted plane trees in the Basitchay State Nature Reserve. The Basitchay Reserve was established under the Order of national leader Heydar Aliyev in 1974. Rare plane trees were protected by the state on more than 100 hectares. It was a forest of rare plane trees. After the occupation, the hated enemy cut, chopped, looted, and burned most of the plane trees. This is another sign of Armenian vandalism. The restoration of the Basitchay nature reserve has started today. We will restore this reserve. Of course, the age of the trees felled here was about 200-300 years but at least we have fulfilled our duty. At the same time, we released fish into the Basitchay. The Basitchay is also a beautiful river. In general, this region is rich in rivers. The Tartarchay, the Khachinchay, the Basitchay, the Bazarchay, the Hakari and other rivers will serve the people of Azerbaijan from now on. During the occupation, the hated enemy cut off the water of the Tartar River and more than a hundred thousand hectares of land in several of our districts were left without water. Environmental terror has been committed against us" President says.