Arax River Ecology Threatened

TEHRAN (Noyan Tapan)–The "Voice of Iran" radio station announced on Wednesday that the water levels of the Arax river have decreased by 50 percent due to actions by the Turkish government to deviate the flow of the river.

According to the same source–the Arax river has an important significance for–Iran as well as for its neighboring Armenia–AzerbaijanG and Nakhichevan in terms of energy production and agriculture.

Several documen’s have been cited in the past regarding the usage of the bordering section of the river between Iran and neighboring countries. Specialists stress that any changes made to the mouth of Arax river in Turkey–will damage Iran–Armenia–Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan.

The Azeri ANC TV–during a special program–announced that Azerbaijan is losing land to Iran due to the recent Arax river direction deviations.

The program stated that due to deterioration–the river runs toward Azerbaijan–leaving Azeri lands on the Iranian side of the border. However–the river does not flow toward Iran’s direction–which can be explained by the high-mountainous geography of the area. Azeris believe that the geographical factor is not the only obstacle. The program said Iran has begun a special reinforcment project on the Iranian side of the river–which prevents the flow of Arax in Iran’s direction.

The program sounded an alarm that Iran may take control of the the said Azeri lands–pointing out that the reinforcement of the Azeri side of the river–as well as the verification of the Iran-Azerbaijan border cannot not be delayed.


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