European Friends of Armenia strongly welcomes the wish to organize local self-government based on democratic principles
July 20, 2012
European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) strongly welcomes the wish of the de-facto authorities to organize local self-government based on democratic principles, the EuFoA said.
“We strongly commend the local authorities for allowing us to move absolutely freely around Nagorno Karabakh (including the scarcely populated buffer zone around) and to question anyone directly or indirectly connected to the elections. The efforts made to allow us and other observer teams to gain full insights and transparency were considerable and we call upon the international community to appreciate these efforts,” the EuFoA said in a statement.
“The solidarity of democrats demands that we prefer and promote the basic human right of democratic self-governance and it is in this context that our group carried out our mission here. We call in particular upon the OSCE ODIHR to provide technical assistance and election observation for future local-election, as part of a humanitarian development aid, even if this is done while underlining the non-recognition of the local state entity. This will provide for a real boost in local democratic culture and help prepare the local population for the time after the resolution of the so-called frozen conflict, as envisaged by the OSCE Minsk Group.”