by Marianna Mkrtchyan
James Warlick, OSCE MG Co-Chair of the USA, has called on the Karabakh conflict parties for joint management of water resources.
"This is Sarsang reservoir. It would be a positive step if the sides could jointly manage water resources," Warlick posted on Twitter.
The Sarsang reservoir is a large lake located in Martakert region of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, formed by a hydroelectric dam. It is one of Artsakh's 61 water reservoirs.
Sarsang reservoir was built on Tartar river in 1976. The area of the reservoir is 14.2 km2 (5.5 sq mi). The overall volume of the reservoir is 575 million m The height of the dam at the reservoir is 125 m (410 ft).
The reservoir has the tallest dam out of all dams in Artsakh. Since opening, the reservoir has provided irrigation water for 100,000 ha (1,000,000 km) of agricultural lands in Tartar. Sarsang Hydro Power Plant with capacity of 50 megawatt is based on the reservoir and operated by Artsakh HEK OJSC. It is the main source of electric energy for Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (40-60%). With its beautiful surrounding nature, Sarsang reservoir is expected to be one of the major tourism centers of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in the long run.