U.S. Department of State Regrets that Referendum was Held in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 14 December 2006 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

We do not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state. We regret that a pro-independence constitutional referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh, said State Department Spokesman Edgar Vasquez.

As co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the U.S. works at the Karabakh conflict peaceful settlement. Nagorno-Karabakh's future status is being discussed in the framework of the peaceful talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, he said, reports Trend.

In his opinion the referendum forestalls the process and that is why the U.S. doesn't recognize its outcomes, reports the Voice of America.