Uruguay's Foreign Ministry calls for recognition of Nagorno Karabakh

23:45, 05 Jan 2015

The Uruguayan Foreign Ministry asked for the international recognition
of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh and the right of its people to
self-determinationon Sunday January 4, after a meeting with Armenian
representatives, Prensa Armenia agency reports.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Luis Almagro met with
members of the Armenian National Committee of Uruguay and Mario
Nalpatian, member of the International Armenian National Committee, to
discuss the situation in the South Caucasus and the continuing
violations of the ceasefire by Azerbaijan, which merited a strong
condemnation from the Minister.

Almagro stressed the `need for a peaceful settlement of Nagorno
Karabakh taking particular account of the right to self-determination
of the Armenian people and the principle of territorial integrity of
the Republic of Armenia under its borders as an independent country
between May 1918 and December 1920³.
`In September 2011 the Minister of Foreign Affairs made public that
Uruguay had begun to analyze the case of Nagorno Karabakh in order to
take a State decision about it,' said the representatives of Armenian
National Committee of Uruguay. `Since then there have been meetings of
the Chancellor and senior officials of the Uruguayan government with
the Foreign Ministers of the Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan and
with the respective ambassadors in Uruguay'.

`On the legislative front, dozens of legislators had the opportunity
to meet the President of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh during his
visit to the Uruguayan Parliament in December 2011. In turn, a
parliamentary delegation led by President of the Chamber of
representatives Jorge Orrico and legislators of all parliamentary
parties visited the Republic in November 2012, where they met with
officials of the executive and legislative branches, as well as with
civil society of Nagorno Karabakh. The subject has also been present
on the visits by legislators and political leaders of all parties to
Azerbaijan from 2011 to date. More recently, the issue was addressed
in a joint declaration signed by Presidents Jose Mujica and Serzh
Sargsyan in July 2014, on the occasion of the official visit of the
president of the Republic of Armenia to Uruguay. Both presidents
stressed the need for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno Karabakh
conflict and supported the mediation of the Minsk Group of the OSCE,'
added the Armenian National Committee of Uruguay in a statement.

The official text is posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Uruguay.