STEPANAKERT—The Foreign Ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic issued an announcement Tuesday saying that last week’s presidential election demonstrated the people of Karabakh’s commitment to freedom, democracy and peace-building.
“On July 19, presidential elections were held in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (the Republic of Artsakh) with the participation of 73.4 percent of voters.. International observers from 22 countries, as well as local representatives of civil society and political parties monitored the elections. According to the international observers’ preliminary estimate, the elections were held in compliance with democratic standards and participation of several candidates thus ensuring free expression of will of the republic’s citizens,” said the statement.
“The caliber of the elections held in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is comparable with that of elections in advanced democratic countries, and demonstrates the irreversibility of the process of building a sovereign and independent state, commitment of our people to the ideals of freedom, democracy and peace building. The elections once again demonstrated the correctness of the path chosen in the 1991 referendum on independence. With every election the people of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic express their firm determination to continue this path. It is out of the question for the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to returns to its pre-independence status,” affirmed the statement.
“To this end, we consider it necessary to state that the participation in the elections and the formation of authorities via honest and fair elections is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in international law. Ignoring that and not recognizing it can be regarded as gross violation of laws,” said the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Foreign Ministry.
“Any speculation that the elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic may hinder the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict resolution process is groundless and pursues propagandist goals. The will of the people of Karabakh is crucial in the conflict settlement process and this is fully recognized by the international community and the mediators,” explained the statement.
“Development of democracy is a fundamental basis of state building in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and corresponds to the interests of civilized society. That is why the attitude toward the presidential elections held in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic cannot be stipulated by subjective opinion of several political circles displaying conformism to appease official Baku,” concluded the statement.