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Brussels, 2 August 2002

11463/02 (Presse 233)

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on forthcoming "Presidential elections" in Nagorno Karabakh

The European Union confirms its support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and recalls that it does not recognise the independence of Nagorno Karabakh. The EU has always emphasised the need to establish a stable political agreement concerning Nagorno Karabakh, which should be acceptable to both Armenia and Azerbaijan. The EU cannot consider legitimate the "presidential elections" that are scheduled to take place on 11 August 2002 in Nagorno Karabakh. The EU does not believe that these elections should have an impact on the peace process.

The Central and Eastern European countries associated with the European Union, the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area align themselves with this declaration.

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