Opinion: Yeraskh metallurgical plant becomes the latest dispute threatening to complicate the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace process

“Disputes like the one surrounding the Yeraskh metallurgical plant pose a genuine risk to the realisation of a durable peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Indeed, as the Espoo Convention notes, environmental issues do not respect borders and specific cases should be discussed on an international level when multiple state-parties are concerned,” writes Patrick Norén for commonspace.eu

“But in order for Armenia and Azerbaijan to move forward together in an era of peace, there must also be an understanding that one country’s domestic development can also be to the benefit of the other country. Zero-sum calculations of such issues are unhelpful and distract from the fact that Armenia and Azerbaijan can all be winners if they do cooperate, whether it be on the environment, on trade, or on any other sector.”

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