ANKARA—Turkish Republic considers the parliamentary elections to take place on May 3 in Nagorno-Karabakh are part of attempts to unilaterally legitimize the unlawful situation in those territories, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said today.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement released on Wednesday, called the parliamentary elections set to take place in Artsakh on May 3 “illegal,” adding that Turkey “strictly condemns the act.” The Artsakh Republic has held democratic parliamentary elections since its independence with the participation of international monitors.
“[The elections] would mean an apparent violation of international law, UN Security Council resolutions and OSCE principles,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said. “At a time when the OSCE negotiations, aimed at achieving a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, and the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict are continuing, these illegal ‘elections’ are not going to contribute to settlement efforts in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.”
The people of Artsakh have exercised their right to self-determination and have made it clear that they want a democratic republic independent of Azerbaijan and its authoritarian, racist dictatorship.