Yerevan, Stepanakert Slam Ankara for Meddling in Karabakh

Karabakh voters take part in parliamentary elections in May 2010 (photo by photolur)

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Official Yerevan and Stepanakert on Wednesday slammed Ankara for meddling in the internal affairs of Karabakh, after the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement “strongly condemning” Thursday’s president elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that Turkish authorities, who continue to deny the Armenian Genocide, which was perpetrated by their predecessors, have no moral or ethical rights to try to “teach” Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic any lessons, let alone make false comments about UN Security Council decisions and OSCE principles.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry claimed that the upcoming elections in Karabakh ran counter to OSCE principles and UN Security Council’s decisions.

“Turkey, which always supports Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, strongly condemns these illegal ‘elections’ and will not acknowledge its results,” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement, adding that “The continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh is a serious obstacle to stability and peace in the South Caucasus.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Kocharyan said that instead of satisfying its urge to teach others lessons it should advise itself “to not organize elections and withdraw its troops from north Cyprus and free it from occupation.”

“However, if Turkey is indeed sincere and not being guided by Azerbaijani interests, then it is a very good opportunity for Turkey to offer Azerbaijan assistance in organizing democratic elections and take lessons from Karabakh in establishing a state based on democratic values,” said Kocharyan.

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic presidential spokesman David Babayan also echoed Kocharyan’s sentiments saying that Turkey has no political or moral right to comment on the upcoming presidential elections.

“We are already used to Turkey’s destructive approach,” said Babayan. “Instead of criticizing the upcoming democratic, free and fair presidential elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Turkey should reconsider the activities of the Turkish-sponsored authorities of north Cyprus, its own questionable democratic values regarding national minorities and should recognize the biggest crime against humanity—the Armenian Genocide of 1915.”

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  1. M.S.K. said:

    I have nothing else to add as if the followings are from my heart –
    Bravo to Armenian leaderships and Long Live Armenia and Arsagh (N.K.):-

    We are already used to Turkey’s destructive approach,” said Babayan. “Instead of criticizing the upcoming democratic, free and fair presidential elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Turkey should reconsider the activities of the Turkish-sponsored authorities of north Cyprus, its own questionable democratic values regarding national minorities and should recognize the biggest crime against humanity—the Armenian Genocide of 1915.”

  2. Gaidzag said:

    Mr. Shavarsh Kocharyan,
    I’ve always appreciated your response toward Turks currently and in the past.

  3. Stepan said:

    ” the continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh…..” The height of hypocrisy!!! How about the continued occupation of Western Armenia? With the genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians, the invasion and occupation of northern Cyprus … plus the continued oppression of minorities rights, they are the last country that should be offering opinions about an impressive democracy who defended their freedom. But then again the murder of over 2 million Christians in their homeland were just war casualties and survivors just decided to leave their homeland of 3,000 years.

  4. Hovhannes said:

    I’d like Mr Shavarsh Kocharian to have said Turkey should withdraw its troops from Western Armenia and free Armenia from occupation. Because the legal border between Armenia and Turkey is the one that has been determined by the treaty of Sévrès. It is true that Turkey is occupying northern Cyprus, but Mr Shavarsh Kocharian shouldn’t have failed to mention that Turkey is also occupying most of Armenia, his own country.

  5. ARA said:

    Armenian should/ must stop all imports from Turkey…
    ” an trained dogs always bark”

  6. ara said:

    GREAT NEWS EY!! the murderous ancestors of the OTTOMAN barbarians are making statements about territorial proprietary rights and we shoul;d LAUGH at these mongrols-their history-they dumped their mongrols till they had no more all over the indo european continent-and look -well gues what TURKEY turkey boys- WE NEVER RESPECTED U nor do we recognize U holdiong the occupations of our lands- To the sword u will go- to the hell with u from whence u came- ur religion is evil as are u that deny this-mongrol dogs we know well-

  7. John Ahmaranian said:

    Why Turkey does not condemn its own interference in Cyprus elections?

  8. George said:

    Turkey should know interfering in others business can have dangerous consequenss, Armenia is not Syria,

  9. GB said:

    Ahmed super Oghloo, just trying to keep OSCE and EU minds away from Armenian Genocide and Cyprus invasion, politically!! They don’t care about Artsakhi election, or AliOFF dictatorship in Azerbaboon Sheikdom!!

  10. haigoush kohler said:

    Mr. Foreign Minister of Turkey, have you investigated your roots…. I would like to know, will someone respond. Also, Mr. Davoodoghlu, Armenians would appreciate your hands off from meddling in Armenian affairs, take care of your adopted country. why should Turkey assume the right advising the world. Leave the world alone, especially Armenia and Artsakh. Thanks.

  11. steve said:

    maybe the turkish politician monkeys should stop attacking for once in their miserable lives and try to live like the rest of the world, because no other region on earth is so territorial and land grabbing like the middle eastern animals. Armenians unfortunately got caught in the middle of this throughout history which really is bad luck !!
    Let this turkish monkey clan know karabakh was given by soviets to azerbaijan, we dont need to live in a world with constant battle and misery because of muslim behaviors !

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