U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the election in Nagorno-Karabakh. The statement follows:
"I commend the people of Nagorno-Karabakh for continuing to organize their governance on a democratic basis. I also congratulate President Sahakian on his success in the July 19 election. I wish him good luck in leading Nagorno-Karabakh toward a final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, one that fully respects the right of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination. "