US will not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh’s elections


‘We will not accept the results of the elections on May 3’ says State Dept.

WASHINGTON — Results of Nagorno-Karabakh’s May 3 elections will not be recognized by the U.S., the State Department said Friday.

“We will not accept the results of the elections on May 3 as affecting the legal status of Nagorno- Karabakh,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters.

“In the context of a comprehensive settlement of the conflict, we recognize that the people of Nagorno-Karabakh will play a role in deciding their future,” Rathke added, emphasizing that the U.S. does not prejudge the final status of the contested region.

The invasion of the territory by Armenia began in 1988 with minor conflicts, but evolved into a full-scale war in 1992.

Since the end of the war in 1994, Armenian and Azeri delegations have held talks about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh under the supervision of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group.

Armenia is part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is a military alliance of six former Soviet nations, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Russia.