Saturday, July 21, 2007

Turkey opposes Armenian poll in Nagorno Karabakh

17 July 2007
The New Anatolian / Ankara
Nagorno Karabakh does not need lessons from Turkey while it occupies Nothern Cyprus and carries out elections there.
Turkey announced its strong opposition to the proposed elections by Armenia in occupied Nagorno Karabakh.

A foreign ministry statement said: We learned that so-called “Presidential Election” in the Armenian occupied Nagorno Karabagh region of Azerbaijan, is to be held on July 19, 2007, subsequent to the “Constitutional Referendum” held in the same region in a similar vein on December 10, 2006, in contravention to international law and disregarding the will of the international community.

It said Turkey views the electiobn as part of the efforts to unilaterally legitimize the unlawful situation in Nagorno Karabagh, and says this is an explicit violation of the principles of international law, UN Security Council Resolutions and the OSCE principles.

It said the Nagorno Karabagh conflict constitutes the most important impediment for establishing peace, stability and cooperation in the South Caucasus and it prevents the creation of an environment conducive to good neighbourliness and cooperation among the countries in the region. "At a time when the negotiations are pursued within the OSCE Minsk Process to reach a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict and the Azerbaijani-Armenian dispute, organizing a “Presidential Election” in the occupied Nagorno Karabagh region obviously constitutes an initiative that challenges the efforts geared towards a peaceful resolution."

The statement said "with these considerations, Turkey denounces this renewed effort of Armenia to violate Azerbaijan’s political unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity; and will not recognize the outcome of such illegitimate “Presidential Elections” that would have no binding effect whatsoever under international law."

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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