NKR Leadership expresses perplexity on occasion of statement of CoE

Noyan Tapan, Armenia
Aug 10 2004


STEPANAKERT, 10.08.04. `The NKR leadership thinks that the election
of the government bodies of all the levels on the basis of the
principles of democracy is an important step on the way to the
construction of the free democratic society.` It is mentioned in
comments of the press service of the NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in connection with the statement of Secretary General of the Council
of Euorpe Walter Schwimmer on the inadmissibility of the holding of
the NKR local elections. Reminding that W. Schwimmer comes up not for
the first time with such statements, in which the holding of the
elections in Nagorno Karabakh is condemned, the comments express
perplexity in connection with the fact that it is not clear how the
elections may negatively influence the process of the settlement of
the Karabakh conflict, because it is obvious that only the legitimate
power may bear the responsibility for the entrusted territories and
has necessary authorities for carrying on peaceful negotiations on
the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. `The NKR for over 10
years has lived as a sovereign state, which bears no relation to
Azerbaijan and independently organizes its life in the territory that
historically belongs to the Armenians of Karabakh. An impression has
grown up in us that all the international structures that come up
with such statements render political support to the regime, which
unleashed the large-scale war against Nagorno Karabakh and doesn`t
refuse from the attempts to aply force against the NKR. Meanwhile,
according to many independent experts, Nagorno Karabakh takes the
lead over Azerbajan on the level of its democracy,` reads the
comments of the press service of the NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.