Artsakh may become oasis of democracy in region
January 04, 2013 | 12:26

YEREVAN. - Regarding strengthening the Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh]
statehood during the past year, several important steps have been
implemented. One of them was holding presidential elections, with the
presence of observers from 18 countries, Armenia's Parliament Deputy
Speaker and ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) secretary Edward
Sharmazanov told Armenian

According to him, presence of international observers proves the
existence of de-facto Artsakh state. In addition, the presidential
elections were run in full accordance with democratic standards. On
this regard, Artsakh may indeed become an oasis of democracy in the
region and give Azerbaijan lessons of democracy. Sharmazanov also
stated that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs' statement claiming that
Artsakh peace process has no alternative corresponds to both Armenia's
and Karabakh's positions.