It has passed 21 years since the occupation of Zangilan region of Azerbaijan by Armenian Armed Forces.
Armenian military units finished the occupation of Azerbaijan’s last region-Zangilan around the Nagorno-Karabakh on the 29th of October in 1993.
Zangilan situated on Baku-Julfa-Nakhchivan railway had great strategic importance. Its area was 700 sq km, population over 35,000. Minjivan station that Baku-Minjivan-Gafan railway passes was completely destroyed after the occupation.
The Azerbaijan Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has estimated the destructive effect of the Armenian occupation on the environment and natural resources in the occupied territories and established facts proving depletion of natural resources by the Armenians.
Valuable walnuts, planes and other trees of Zangilan Topmeshe forestry were felled by the Armenians and carried away as construction material.
Dirty waters poured by Armenia's Gajaran copper-molybdenum and Gafan copper-enrichment plants into the Oxcuchay River turned the river environment into a "dead zone", killing its micro-flora.
The Armenians committed disastrous arsons in juniper forests in Bartaz and Vecnali areas many times, burned down the administrative building there and cut down two hectares of plurannual walnuts, plane and pine trees around it.
Dasbashi and Leshkar forests were also burnt down and 55 hectares of 40-50-year walnuts, 350-400-year oaks in Top and Shukurataz forestry were felled and carried away.
Videotapes showed that plurannual evergreen trees and fruit trees were cut down in Alibayli village of the region, and wild trees and bushes replaced them in roadsides.
The Azerbaijani environment ministry said that prior to the occupation Zangilan region possessed 6.5 tons of gold and 3,000 tons of copper in Vecnali, 6,618 cubic meters of marble limestone, 129 million tons of limestone in Dashabashi-Asgurum field, 6,024 tons of road-metal, 28,943 cubic meters of porphyrite, 1,102 cubic meters of clay for brick and ceramic production, 17,367 cubic meters of sand and gravel.
There was one city, one district and 83 villages in Zangilan before occupation. There were 9 pre-school institutions, 19 primary schools, 15 secondary schools, 1 technical school and music school, 35 libraries, 8 culture houses, 23 clubs and 22 film projectors in Zangilan. 188 residents of Zangilan were killed in the first Karabakh war. About 35,000 district residents settled down as a refugee in various regions of Azerbaijan, 44 residents of the district were missing.
Armenians continue ecological terror in Zangilan.