US won’t accept so-called election in Karabakh, says State Department

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 11 September 2015 03:58 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.11


The US will not accept the results of the so-called election in Nagorno-Karabakh, the US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters Sept.11, said the US State Department.

"In the context of a comprehensive settlement of the conflict, we recognize the role of the population in Nagorno-Karabakh in deciding their future," he said.

"However, the United States does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent sovereign state, and we will not accept the results of the so-called election on Sept.13 as affecting the legal status of the region," Kirby added.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.