Another attack of malevolence is launched in Azerbaijan
As is known, elections to the National Assembly of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic are scheduled for May 3, which will be the sixth since the proclamation of the NKR.
Frankly, it is an event of great political and national importance for us, as it allows to comprehend yet another stage passed and to define the priorities for the further progressive development of our state. Surely, different-level elections - whether presidential, parliamentary or municipal - are essential for any country, but we will not be mistaken if we note that this truth is especially important for the state, which has not yet received international recognition.
For the reason that the NKR as an unrecognized state, which is under the close scrutiny of corresponding international bodies observing the ongoing public-political processes here, has constantly to prove its existence and right to be a full member of the world community.
I must say, the NKR honorably passed such an exam on state maturity, consistently demonstrating at all the elections the commitment of both the people and authorities to universal democratic norms and principles. This is also confirmed by the positive assessment of dozens of independent international observers from different countries and organizations, which observed the elections in Karabakh and stated that in terms of its democratic development the NKR even outstrips the neighboring recognized states.
As already noted, international organizations are closely watching the state building processes ongoing in the NKR. But, not only them and no less closely. It would have been very strange if official Baku, in its usual aggressive manner, hadn't responded to the upcoming parliamentary elections in the NKR. Commenting on them, head of the Presidential Administration Department on Public-Political Issues Ali Hasanov noted that Azerbaijan would react adequately to any unilateral move, political and social action in Nagorno Karabakh. In turn, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's official Hikmet Hajiyev noted that the holding of parliamentary elections in Nagorno Karabakh is violation of the Azerbaijani laws, the norms and principles of international law and is aimed at undermining the negotiation process on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement.
Surely, Azerbaijan's painful reaction to our parliamentary elections was easily predictable and, to be frank, does not deserve any serious attention due to its boring monotony. But, what we cannot ignore is that the Aliyev regime has completely lost the sense of reality. The appeal to the laws of Azerbaijan, which is just an empty phrase for Artsakh that has been living by its own laws for nearly a quarter of a century, testifies to the inadequacy of the Baku top officials. One should be too insane to "react adequately to any unilateral move, political and social action in Nagorno Karabakh". And what does "unilateral" mean? Does Baku really believe that Stepanakert should coordinate with it the implementation of any political and social actions in the NKR? Or isn't it aware that the people of Artsakh have long been free to determine the ways and forms of their public-political development?
And extremely absurd is the demagogic argument that the holding of parliamentary elections undermines the negotiation process on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement. It is a very strange logic - the purely peaceful and democratic way of building the public life undermines the negotiation process, while Azerbaijan's gross violations of the ceasefire, acts of sabotage, initiation of armed clashes with casualties on both sides, downing of the Karabakh helicopter, killing of Armenian hostages, and glorification of a murderer do not undermine the process. Moreover, the legality is stated and is attempted to be defined by the state, which is grossly violating international law! Truly, it is limitless stupidity.
In this regard, I would like to enlighten the so-called official of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, who must know that in due time the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen recognized "the necessity of forming the de facto authorities in Nagorno Karabakh to ensure democracy and to maintain the public life". Since the legitimately elected government is predictable and acts responsibly, which is observed in the NKR, unlike totalitarian Azerbaijan. This fact is very important in a civilized community, as well as for the negotiation process, which supposedly worries Baku. By the way, in response to the hysterical reaction of Azerbaijan, the Foreign Ministry of Russia stated that "we do not consider that the peaceful settlement of the conflict could depend on holding the parliamentary elections".
Again, let’s remind for educational purposes that the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group provides conducting negotiations with the elected (!!!) representatives of the parties to the Karabakh conflict. Given this requirement, Nagorno Karabakh, as an equal party to the conflict, participated in the negotiation process and the international mediators met and are meeting with its elected representatives.
There is no doubt that the forthcoming parliamentary elections also will be held in accordance with the international standards and the high election culture developed in the NKR, which is extremely important in the context of the prospects of international recognition of the NKR. Regardless of Azerbaijan’s malevolence.