Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassadors Robert Bradtke of the United States, Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, and Jacques Faure of France) have noted reports about the
conduct of "elections" that took place in Nagorno-Karabakh on July 19, 2012. The Co-Chairs acknowledge the need for the de facto authorities in NK to try to organize democratically the public life
of their population with such a procedure. However, the Co-Chairs note that none of their three countries, nor any other country, recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent and sovereign state.
The Co-Chairs stress that the procedures of July 19 in no way prejudge the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh or the outcome of the ongoing negotiations to bring a lasting and peaceful settlement
to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
To recall, by preliminary data, the incumbent president of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan won the election. The NKR CEC has received ballots from all the 273 polling stations located in the
country. By preliminary data, Bako Sahakyan received 47,085 votes, which is 66.7% of total.
The second goes Vitaly Balasanyan, non-party parliamentarian, national hero of NKR, with 22,966 votes or 32.5% of total.
The third candidate for president Arkady Soghomonyan, pro-rector of the Stepanakert branch of Armenia's Agrarian University, received just 594 votes or 0,8% of total. The voter turnover was 72,833 people or 73.38% out of 99,190 registered voters.