Countries Opposing Artsakh Elections Betray Democratic Values, Says ANC-International

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On March 31, 2020, the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) successfully held its presidential (sixth) and parliamentary (seventh) elections, with the Central Election Commission (CEC) reporting that 72.7 percent (76,728 voters) of Artsakh’s 105,540 eligible voters cast ballots at polling places across the republic.

Sadly, several individual states and international organizations responded to this exercise in democratic self-government by joining with the authoritarian regimes of Azerbaijan and Turkey in refusing to recognize and – in some cases – even condemning these elections. Others withheld direct criticism, explaining their refusal to recognize the legal framework of these presidential and parliamentary elections considering the ongoing OSCE Minsk Process for peacefully resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

We remind all those offering such ill-advised criticism that the initial OSCE/CSCE decision of March 24, 1992, which laid the very foundation for the Minsk Process, refers directly to the “elected representatives” of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) as a participant in the peace process. It goes without saying, that, in order to have “elected representatives,” elections must be held, meaning that these Artsakh elections are not at odds with the OSCE but, rather, fully in line with the foundational OSCE agreements at the heart of the Minsk Group process.

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, in their March 31, 2020, statement on these elections, properly noted that they “recognize the role of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh in deciding its future.” Yet they contradict this commonsense conclusion by saying that these elections – and the leaders democratically chosen by this free and fair electoral process – do not have any bearing on the legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh. They further seek to dismiss the human and civil rights of Artsakh citizens by saying “that Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized as an independent and sovereign state by any of the Co-Chair countries or any other country,” when such rights are inalienable and not contingent upon any third party acceptance or agreement. Having rejected democracy for Artsakh and denied its citizens the right to vote, the OSCE Co-Chairs seemingly believe that this population should be represented by means other than popular elections.

States and state-level bodies aligning with the corrupt and authoritarian Azerbaijani government’s attack on free and fair Artsakh elections do a disservice to their own international commitments and obligations to uphold and defend the universal principle that: “All peoples have the right of self-determination,” including the right to freely determine their political status through “genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors.” (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 19 December 1966).

The Armenian National Committee-International, in cooperation with partner organizations worldwide, will continue to strive for the international recognition of the right to self-determination of the people of Artsakh and of independence of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). We expect, in fact, we demand, that states and international organizations claiming to be committed to human rights, justice, and peace refrain from any actions hindering the exercise of these rights and freedoms by the people of Artsakh to self-determination. The international community is obliged to assist Artsakh to express the will of its population through free and fair elections.



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  1. HAY said:

    Հետո, Երբ մենք հայերս, ասում ենք որ Եվրոպայի խորհուրդը , Վենետիկի հանձնաժողովը և Ռուսաստանը, ինչպես թուրքերը քրիստոնյա հայ ժողովրդի թշնամիներն են, նրանք զրպարտում են մեզ որպես ազգայնամոլներ

  2. ardachece barseghian said:

    The Minsk Group wants us to believe that it is working for peace by violating international public law and prefers to lie down in front of the Turkish calif. and the Aliev oil. We see the results of this aggressive policy of Islamists in each of the countries of Europe, on September 11th US, Chechenia Russia, the warrior Sharia has good days ahead of it, but the Armenian people and artsakh will never cede before the violence against the right to self-determination. Thank you deeply to the Tashnaktsoutioun and his servants, centenarians.

  3. Raffi said:

    Oil at $10 a barrel, soon Azerbaijan will have to face who are his real friends, Money talks BS walks, NObody will give a shit about Azerbaijan once oil drops below $10 HaHaHa :)

    • joe said:

      Low oil prices means Azerbaijan domestic turmoil. Means Aliyev feels the heat back home. means he gets trigger happy to start a diversion form his ill rule. Seems to be a pattern.WE NEED TO BE VIGILANT..

  4. GB said:

    Turkic herds know if s war break up again Axerbaijan will loose more lands. For now they are barking in order to cover up the truth of Armenian Genocide, especially Pasha Oghlu Erdoghan, who is disappointed with The US Senate and Congress, for recognition of the Armenian Genocide!

  5. joe said:

    Ignore them all..START A Clandestine nuclear program..The Armenian genocide isnt over. What makes us think this is? ARM THE ARMY to the teeth. The ONLY reason the Azeris didn’t invade is because of their own demise.