In a statement following Thursday’s presidential elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the American, French and Russian co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group acknowledged the “need for the de facto authorities in [Nagorno-Karabakh] to try to organize democratically the public life of their population with such a procedure.”
“However, the Co-Chairs note that none of their three countries, nor any other country, recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent and sovereign state,” said the co-chairmen in a joint statement Friday.
“The Co-Chairs stress that the procedures of July 19 in no way prejudge the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh or the outcome of the ongoing negotiations to bring a lasting and peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” added the statement.
This is the first time that the co-chairmen have stressed the need for democratic processes in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. During the last presidential vote in 2007, the co-chairmen warned that “the upcoming so-called presidential elections in Nagorno-Karabakh have already caused an increase in tensions.”