Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend I.Alizade / The Foreign Minister of Serbia, and Chairman of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Vuk Jeremic, said on 28 June in Strasburg that the international community once again stated that any elections in Nagorno-Karabakh will not be recognized.
During the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jeremic said that as stated before the constitutional referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2006, as well as presidential elections in the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic scheduled for 19 July, cannot serve the conflict settlement and only delays the negotiations.
Answering the question of the Azerbaijani delegation regarding presidential elections in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Minister replied that the position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unchanged. Whilst joining the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan and Armenia undertook obligations to peacefully resolve the conflict. The Committee of Ministers supports the talks which have been taking place between Azerbaijan and Armenia for already several years through the support of the OSCE Minsk Group.
Jeremic said that they are interested in peace and stability in Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as in the whole South Caucasus region. Reaching an agreement is extremely significant for both countries and the conflict needs to be resolved through talks, Jeremic said.