MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay—In an unprecedented move on Sept. 9, the foreign minister of Uruguay, Luis Almagro, said his government had begun the process to make an official announcement regarding the status of Nagorno-Karabagh.
“Today we are looking into the issue [Nagorno-Karabagh] in order to present an official government position on the matter,” said Almagro. “I am personally convinced that Nagorno-Karabagh is part of historic Armenia and it must be independent and in a short while be unified with Armenia. This is the only resolution to the Artsakh [Karabagh] issue.”
Almagro was speaking at a conference in Uruguay’s capital organized by the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of South America and the Uruguay-Armenia parliamentary group marking the 20th anniversary of the Armenia’s independence, and highlighting Uruguay-Armenia relations.
Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) parliamentary faction leader Vahan Hovannesian welcomed Almagro’s statement, calling it unprecedented.
“For the first time, a progressive and democratic country such as Uruguay is officially expressing a position, which reflects the posturing of the ruling political forces,” said Hovannesian, who stressed that the process will take some time.