Karabakh Parliamentary Factions Issue Joint Statement on Elections

STEPANAKERT (Karabakh Open)–In preparing for the presidential election on July 19, 2007 the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic parliamentary factions–the Democratic Party of Artsakh, the Azat Hayrenik Party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Movement 88–held several meetings and issued a joint announcement, the English translation of which is presented below: Since the establishment of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic serious steps have been taken toward laying the foundations of an independent state, such as creating a legitimate and effective government through presidential, parliamentary and local elections, an effective army to defend the sovereignty of the country and security of people, adoption of democratic reforms, creation of a civil society with an emphasis on respect for human rights, creating mechanisms for economic progress, implement of a number of social programs, enacting of legislation for fostering a liberal market economy and increasing investmen’s. The mechanisms of the independent state and the approaches to its development were delineated in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Constitution, which was adopted by a popular referendum. Nevertheless, there are a number of unsolved problems in the country. The parties have discussed the situation and agreed on proceeding from the following priorities in drawing up the agenda for the upcoming years: * International recognition of the independence of NKR; * Legislative reforms necessitated by the Constitution; * Further democratization of the system of public administration, promotion of the mechanisms of checks and balances for the different branches of government, establishment of institutions of public oversight over the government; * Drafting of an entitlement social policy and a national strategy of poverty reduction; * Drafting and introducing a new concept of finance and loan policy to foster economic development; * Improvement of the demographic state through resettlement and support to villages. Based on these priorities, the parties believe they can support a common presidential candidate, including a candidate nominated on a civil initiative, on the basis of agreement on the principles of an election program and the aforementioned priorities. Other political forces are welcome to join this initiative Democratic Party of Artsakh Chair of the Central Council Ashot Ghulyan Armenian Revolutionary Federation Representative of the Central Committee of Arsakh Arthur Mosiyan Azat Hayrenik Party Chair of the Central Council Arayik Harutiunyan Movement 88 Chair of the partys administration Edward Aghabekyan

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