While voters in Karabakh once again demonstrated, that the unrecognized Armenian republic is by far the most democratic place in the South Caucasus, OSCE Minsk Group released a statement using the openly contemptuous term “so-called parliamentary elections” to describe the poll.
More than 70 percent of some 95,000 eligible voters turned out to vote in the poll, where 33 parliamentary mandates were contested on split proportional and majority lists. The elections were peaceful, well organized, and quite democratic, even if no party formed any real political opposition to the incumbent president, and prime minister’s party won the majority.
Meanwhile, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassador Bernard Fassier of France; Ambassador Robert Bradtke of the United States; Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation) said in a statement, that they “took note that so-called parliamentary elections took place in Nagorno-Karabakh on May 23, 2010.”
The statement further runs: “Although the Co-Chairs understand the need for the de facto authorities in NK to try to organize democratically the public life of their population with such a procedure, they underscore again that Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized as an independent and sovereign state by any of their three countries, nor by any other country, including Armenia.” (that bit absolutely killed me!)
The Co-Chairs also said ‘this procedure’, i.e. the elections, should not preempt the determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh in the broader framework of the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.