Procedure for calculating damage caused to Azerbaijan as a result of Armenian occupation promulgated

  • 13:29 27 November 2020

Procedure for calculating damage caused to Azerbaijan as a result of Armenian occupation promulgated

"The damage caused by Armenia to our lands during the years of occupation will not be limited to barbaric destruction", a member of Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, and Entrepreneurship Vugar Bayramov told ONA.

Deputy said that Armenians set fire to houses, administrative buildings, destroy forests in Lachin district now: "They are not burning their houses, but our houses, which they appropriated as a result of the occupation 28 years ago. Azerbaijanis lived in these houses until 1993. The Armenians who settled there illegally after the occupation are now causing serious damage leaving the Lachin region.

It seems that the Armenian government is not yet able or does not want to fully understand the scope of these war crimes. However, the investigation of all similar military wars shows that it is about a large amount of compensation demand. The leading media agencies of the world compare our liberated lands which were barbarically destroyed by Armenia, with Hiroshima. It is namely one of the comparisons which shows the scale of military crime.”

Economist MP has also lent clarity on how the calculation of compensation for such military crimes are conducted: “According to the methodology of the World Bank, the calculation of the damage is carried out over 4 important direction: damage to property and infrastructure, damage as a result of human loss and living IDP life, the damage created from economic results and damage to human development.

It has been found out during assessment of damage during conflicts in the Middle East that cumulative damage to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is more than the damage to infrastructure and property by times. At the same time, it is calculated that the suspension of economic activity in these territories is serious damage. For example, economic damage was calculated as USD 226 bln. during the Syrian conflict and it was 4 times more than the annual GDP of the country before the war.

From this point of view, the damage by Armenia on Azerbaijani occupied territories will not be limited to its barbaric destruction. Taking into consideration the great economic potential of those territories, there is also a need to calculate the damage to GDP separately and include it in the amount of compensation. International institutions such as the World Bank, the UN has already had a clear methodology in this regard. Involving international experts in the damage assessment process will allow for a more accurate calculation of the amount.

Thus, the processes in the region are entering a new stage. We believe that this stage will also be a stage for the occupant Armenia to answer for its war crimes. "