Foreign relations of Nagorno-Karabakh
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The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) is a republic with limited recognition in the South Caucasus region of Eastern Europe. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic controls most of the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast and some of the surrounding area. It is recognized by only three other non-UN member states, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria. The rest of the international community recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. In November 2012, a member of Uruguay's foreign relations committee stated that his country could recognize Nagorno-Karabakh's independence. In 2012, Armenia and Tuvalu established diplomatic relations and it was perceived that Tuvalu may recognize Nagorno Karabakh’s independence. Also in 2012, the Parliament of New South Wales, an Australian state, called upon the Australian government to recognise Nagorno-Karabakh. In September 2014, the Basque Parliament in Spain adopted a motion supporting Nagorno-Karabakh's right to self-determination.
At the present, no diplomatic missions of other countries exist in Nagorno-Karabakh. On the other hand, the Republic has built a small network of representative offices around the world. Currently it has representative offices in 7 countries.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign policy of the state is governed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The Ministry is based in the capital city of Stepanakert. Currently, the Minister is Karen Mirzoyan.
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The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the partially recognized Republic of Abkhazia recognized each other. Both states abolished visa requirements for it's citizens and participate in the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and partially recognized Republic of South Ossetia recognized each other. Both states abolished visa requirements for it's citizens and participate in the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Transnistria recognized each other and abolished visa requirements for their citizens. There are many joint activities between the two countries. In 2001, both countries in Stepanakert signed the Protocol on Cooperation and Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh. Transnistria also participates in the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.
United States has not established diplomatic relations with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and recognizes it as part of Azerbaijan. Support for Nagorno-Karabakh in the United States is manifested above all at the state legislature level. Several of them have adopted NKR support resolutions. In May 2012, the Rhode Island House of Representatives in the United States passed a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. On August 2012, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a similar resolution. In April 2013, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate in the United States passed a resolution accepting Nagorno Karabakh's independence and urging President Barack Obama to also accept Nagorno Karabakh's independence. In May 2013, the Louisiana State Senate in the United States passed a resolution accepting Nagorno Karabakh's independence and expressed support for the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's efforts to develop as a free and independent nation. In May 2014, the California State Assembly passed a measure recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh's independence with a 70-1 vote. The measure also calls for President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The US state of Hawaii unanimously voted to approve and recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on March 30, 2016. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has also established a representative office in Washington, D.C.
International organisation participation
Participation in international sports federations
The Nagorno-Karabakh Football Association is a member of Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Nagorno-Karabakh participated on 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup in Sweden.
- Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations
- List of representative offices of Nagorno-Karabakh
- List of diplomatic missions in Nagorno-Karabakh
- Political status of Nagorno-Karabakh
- Foreign relations of Armenia
- "Official website of the President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. General Information about NKR". President.nkr.am. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- Вице-спикер парламента Абхазии: Выборы в НКР соответствуют всем международным стандартам: "Абхазия, Южная Осетия, НКР и Приднестровье уже давно признали независимость друг друга и очень тесно сотрудничают между собой", - сказал вице-спикер парламента Абхазии. ... "...Абхазия признала независимость Нагорно-Карабахской Республики..." - сказал он."
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- "Uruguay may be the first to recognize Karabakh- Uruguay Deputy". Arka News Agency. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
Uruguay may be the first country to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s independence...
- "Tuvalu and Armenia". Panorama. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
- "Full Day Hansard Transcript". Parliament of New South Wales. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
...calls on the Commonwealth Government to officially recognise the independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and strengthen Australia's relationship with the Nagorno-Karabakh and its citizens.
- Hughes, James (2002). Ethnicity and Territory in the Former Soviet Union: Regions in Conflict. London: Cass. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-7146-8210-5.
Indeed, Nagorno-Karabakh is de facto part of Armenia.
- Mulcaire, Jack (9 April 2015). "Face Off: The Coming War between Armenia and Azerbaijan". The National Interest.
The mostly Armenian population of the disputed region now lives under the control of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a micronation that is supported by Armenia and is effectively part of that country.
- "Armenia expects Russian support in Karabakh war". Hürriyet Daily News. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
While internationally recognized as Azerbaijani territory, the enclave has declared itself an independent republic but is administered as a de facto part of Armenia.
- Central Asia and The Caucasus, Information and Analytical Center, 2009, Issues 55-60, Page 74, "Nagorno-Karabakh became de facto part of Armenia (its quasi-statehood can dupe no one) as a result of aggression."
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für auswärtige Politik, Internationale Politik, Volume 8, 2007 "... and Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed territory that is now de facto part of Armenia ..."
- Cornell, Svante (2011). Azerbaijan Since Independence. New York: M.E. Sharpe. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-7656-3004-9.
Following the war, the territories that fell under Armenian control, in particular Mountainous Karabakh itself, were slowly integrated into Armenia. Officially, Karabakh and Armenia remain separate political entities, but for most practical matters the two entities are unified.
- "Protocol on Cooperation and Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
- Massachusetts State Legislature Calls For Recognition Of Nagorno-Karabakh, RFE/RL, 2012
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- Mason, Melanie (5 May 2014). "Calif. lawmakers to weigh in on dispute between Armenia, Azerbaijan". LA Times.
- Hawaii State Legislature Calls For Recognition Of Nagorno-Karabakh, RFE/RL, 2016