Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry Calls for Recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro

MONTEVIDEO–The Uruguayan Foreign Ministry asked for the international recognition of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the right of its people to self-determination on Sunday, Jan. 4, after a meeting with Armenian representatives.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Luis Almagro met with members of the Armenian National Committee of Uruguay and Mario Nalpatian, member of the International Armenian National Committee, to discuss the situation in the South Caucasus and the continuing violations of the ceasefire by Azerbaijan, which merited a strong condemnation from the Minister.

Almagro stressed the “need for a peaceful settlement of Nagorno Karabakh taking particular account of the right to self-determination of the Armenian people and the principle of territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia under its borders as an independent country between May 1918 and December 1920″.

“In September 2011 the Minister of Foreign Affairs made public that Uruguay had begun to analyze the case of Nagorno Karabakh in order to take a State decision about it,” said the representatives of Armenian National Committee of Uruguay. “Since then there have been meetings of the Chancellor and senior officials of the Uruguayan government with the Foreign Ministers of the Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan and with the respective ambassadors in Uruguay”.

“On the legislative front, dozens of legislators had the opportunity to meet the President of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh during his visit to the Uruguayan Parliament in December 2011. In turn, a parliamentary delegation led by President of the Chamber of representatives Jorge Orrico and legislators of all parliamentary parties visited the Republic in November 2012, where they met with officials of the executive and legislative branches, as well as with civil society of Nagorno Karabakh. The subject has also been present on the visits by legislators and political leaders of all parties to Azerbaijan from 2011 to date. More recently, the issue was addressed in a joint declaration signed by Presidents Jose Mujica and Serzh Sarkisian in July 2014, on the occasion of the official visit of the president of the Republic of Armenia to Uruguay. Both presidents stressed the need for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and supported the mediation of the Minsk Group of the OSCE,” added the Armenian National Committee of Uruguay in a statement.

The official text of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay:

“On the day of the date, Foreign Minister held a meeting with representatives of the International Armenian National Committee and Armenian National Committee of Uruguay. In the course of it, the subjects of the South Caucasus region were discussed, showing the Minister of Foreign Affairs a strong condemnation of violations of ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh by Azerbaijan which occur with increasing regularity.

Also, taking as main reference the work of the Minsk Group, whose Uruguay conclusions await to make its decision on recognition, he reaffirmed the need for a peaceful settlement of Nagorno Karabakh that will take particular account of the right to self-determination of the Armenian people and the principle of territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia under its borders as an independent country between May 1918 and December 1920 (prior to Sovietization).

The Foreign Minister took the opportunity to offer his Christmas greetings for the next 6 January to the Armenian people of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, hoping that it will soon find its recognition in the international arena of nations”


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  1. Hratch said:

    This is great news, but without Mother Russia’s blessing nothing will ever happen. Uruguay must first appeal to the bear’s interests if it wants to see this to fruition. The status quo will remain unless and of course it becomes beneficial for Mother Russia to completely severe its ties with Azerbaijan. But the way things have been progressing lately, the bear is more interested in closer ties with the Azeris. The inclusion of the Azeris in the EEU is of paramount importance to them.

    • Edward Demian said:

      If you were Azery, why would you want to join Russia politically. The Russian club is a poor peoples club. With the West, the Azerys are free to do anything they want and get paid for it. Too far from the western powers, to exert much influence. They are free of Russia and will never join. So, Russia needs Armenia. An Azery Armenia will mean NATO in the South Caucasus. Than Turkey, Azerbaijian and the former Armenia will be Pan-Turanic. Surely the Russians don’t care about the who populates Armenia, just about the real estate. I don’t like Russian imperialism, but I must admit that Armenia’s attaching itself “remora like”to the new Russian Economic Union who now looks more like European Union clone, is a master stroke. The Russians will defend our borders with Turkey for certain. They won’t intervene in Artsackh. Bur they will defend Armenia. In case of hostilities, we, don’t need Russian or any foreign interference. Because what we gain we keep. In the next war with Azerbaijian, we will take, not damage the pipeline and all the land between Artsackh and Russia.Once we assure free flow of Oil, no one will do much more than flap their lips. Azerbaijian needs to be broken up into its ancient ethnic mosaic, with its Persian, Alanian, Armenian, Georgian and yes, a small Tatar homeland according to their numbers. Genetic samples will easily identify who is who.Than later, perhaps we can all rejoin in a greater All-Caucasian union. I guess we are all too tribal, too primitive for that yet.

      • Edward Demian said:

        I happen to have experienced Russian imperialism as a child. I just can’t help hating the haters. The Hayastantzy think the world of them. We outside Armenia have a clear picture of what’s going on in Armenia. When the last native asset is sold to Russia, than the last Armenians will be encouraged to emigrate.

  2. Sergik said:

    I think Armenian goverment should send special thank you note to Uruguay goverment and encourage other countries to follow Uruguay.

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  4. Vlad said:

    Thanks Uruguay!

    No reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Armenia, as usual?

    Ninguna reacción por parte del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Armenia. No le importa?

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