POLITICS | 19:38 / 11.09.2023
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Uzbekistan does not recognize legitimacy of presidential elections in Karabakh – MFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan issued a statement regarding the recent presidential elections in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

“Uzbekistan strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, condemns any interference in its internal affairs, and does not recognize the so-called presidential elections in Karabakh held on September 9, 2023,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Samvel Shakhramanyan’s election as the new president of Nagorno-Karabakh follows the resignation of Arayik Harutyunyan, who stepped down on September 1 as president of the region — which the Armenians call Artsakh. It comes amid soaring tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry denounced the vote as a “gross violation” of the country’s constitution and a “serious blow to the efforts of normalization in the region.” The ministry emphasized that “the only way to achieve peace and stability in the region is the unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces” from Nagorno-Karabakh and “the disbandment of the puppet regime.”

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