EU Special Representative Unaware Whether European Watchdogs Visited Polling Stations in Nagorno-Karabakh

Politics Materials 23 February 2008 10:49 (UTC +04:00)

France, Strasburg, , 23 February / Trend corr A. Maharamli / "I do not know whether the European organizations' watchdogs visited the polling stations in Nagorno-Karabakh during the presidential elections in Armenia. I cannot comment on that, as I have no information in this connection," the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby told Azerbaijani reporters in Strasburg. According to Semneby, the election observation plan did not envisage visits outside Armenia.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry sent a protest note to the OSCE, PACE and the European Parliament due to setting up of polling stations in the Nagorno-Karabakh region during the presidential elections in Armenia. The document says that again confirmed that Armenia occupied the Azerbaijani territory. Touching upon political scientists' statements that the situation in Armenia may deteriorate due to the violations which were made in the voting, Semneby did not comment unambiguously. He just said it is necessary to deal with the complaints within the framework of the envisaged procedures. "That is natural and I think the opposition also thinks the same way," he said.