There is a Spanish proverb that goes: Del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho, or, roughly translated, it’s easier said than done. This saying seems to apply to Uruguay’s reported readiness to recognize the independence of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh territory.
The controversy began September 9, when Armenian media outlets publicized comments attributed to Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, who supposedly offered up an enthusiastic endorsement of Karabakh’s independence, along with his backing for the territory’s eventual union with Armenia.
Azerbaijani news outlets quickly disputed that Almagro had actually expressed support for Karabakh independence. Instead, citing a transcript of the speech posted by an Armenian Diaspora organization in Latin America, Azerbaijani media reports contended that Almagro merely acknowledged that Armenians themselves believe that independence for Karabakh, along with strong ties with Armenia, are “the best way.”
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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance journalist based in Baku and a board member of the Open Society Assistance Foundation-Azerbaijan. Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance journalist based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.