Azerbaijan Fears Democratic Elections in Karabakh, Says Foreign Ministry

Voters case ballots in Nagorno-Karabakh's parliamentary elections on May 23, 2015 (Source: Photolure)
Voters case ballots in Nagorno-Karabakh's parliamentary elections on May 23, 2015 (Source: Photolure)

Voters case ballots in Nagorno-Karabakh’s parliamentary elections on May 23, 2015 (Source: Photolure)

STEPANAKERT (ARKA)—In response to an Azerbaijani campaign against upcoming local elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the NKR issued a statement describing the campaign as a “manifestation of phobia of [the] Azerbaijani leadership towards democratic processes in the NKR.”

“Along with aggravating the situation on the line of contact and repeated attempts of reconnaissance and sabotage, as well as using large caliber mortars and artillery to shoot at NKR  positions, Azerbaijani authorities have launched a hysterical campaign against the ongoing democratic processes in the NKR,” the foreign ministry’s statement says.

Stepanakert says that a statement issued by Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry on August 31 condemning the elections on September 13 in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic contains the traditional set of baseless accusations against the NKR and Armenia.

“Condemnation of the municipal elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic by Azerbaijan is a manifestation of phobia of Azerbaijani leadership towards the democratic processes taking place in the NKR. This is especially evident against the background of the deteriorating situation with human rights and freedom of speech in Azerbaijan, where elections are an open ended process of inheritance, human rights activists and journalists are persecuted for dissent, and the population is deprived of the opportunity to fully realize their fundamental rights and freedoms. Bringing to the end any illusion of democracy in their country, the leadership of Azerbaijan does not fall short of attempts to impose its own ‘standards’ of human rights throughout the international community including its neighboring countries,” the NKR statement says.

“In this regard, we consider it necessary to note that in line with its commitment to democratic values and principles, the organization of public life and the formation of the NKR authorities are carried out solely by means of free, fair, transparent and competitive elections, which have become an integral part of the political culture of the NKR.”

The upcoming elections on September 13 are the sixth elections for the local government in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The first municipal elections, including the election of the mayor of Stepanakert, were held on September 27, 1998.

Implementation of local self-government in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and safeguarding the rights of citizens to participate directly in the conduct of public affairs is regulated by the constitution of the NKR, in full compliance with international law and particularly with the European Charter of Local Self-Government

Attaching special importance to the institution of local self-government as a form of direct and representative governance by the people as well as the foundations of any democratic regime, authorities in Stepanakert have said that they will spare no effort to enhance its further development and strengthening.


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  1. ara said:

    who the hell cares what the mongrol azerbajanies think- they are in the sewer-they need a pounding and then we take our lands from them animals-it is kill or get killed-their good people will be manifest-the dirt there will perish

  2. gabe korajian said:

    Azerbaijan can take a lesson or two from NKR on Democracy. Karabakh is on of the most democratic country from the former Soviet Union Block Citizens of this small nation are well organized and have run the country in a fair and equitable manner. It is one of the few places that I can unequivocally say Good Governance practices are fully in place and practiced on regular basis . LONG LIVE ARTSAKH!

  3. Janapar said:

    1] Overthrow Aliyev
    2] Redefine the borders with Artsakh (give them something)
    3] Create a new muslim state with whatever parts of Dagestan want to join
    4] Divide Nax between Iran and Armenia
    Difficult but the age of empire is over and people like fences.