ArmInfo. Artsakh has gained serious experience in holding democratic elections, and is even ready to share it. Anna Naghdalyan, spokeswoman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry, said this at a press conference in Yerevan on September 13, answering a question about statements by third countries, in particular Ukraine and Georgia, in connection with the recent local elections in Artsakh.
At the same time, she recalled that the Republic of Artsakh has been conducting elections to local governments, presidential and parliamentary elections since 1991. "All the elections demonstrated a high level of commitment to democratic values and standards, which observers confirm. Artsakh has accumulated good experience in conducting democratic elections. If necessary, Artsakh can share its experience," the representative of the Armenian Foreign Ministry said, recalling that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs also spoke with a statement recognizing the right of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh to decide on their future.
Naghdalyan once again emphasized that the principled position of Armenia is that the exercise of rights cannot be determined by the status of the place of residence, and the non-recognition of these rights does not limit their exercise and puts the parties that make such statements in an embarrasing position. Touching upon information about Azerbaijan's intention to blacklist French parliamentarians who visited Artsakh this week, Naghdalyan noted that Azerbaijan's attempts to deny the rights of the people of Artsakh are a continuation of the dehumanization and extermination policy.
It should be noted that on September 8 local elections in 228 communities of Artsakh were held. A little over 67 thousand people or 65.6% took part in the elections. Statements were made in Ukraine and Georgia, stressing that they did not recognize these elections and supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. It is noteworthy that at one time Azerbaijan made a similar statement during the electoral processes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.