The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) condemned Thursday the presidential vote held in Nagorno-Karabakh as a sign of Armenia's "aggression" against the Muslim country.
"The so-called 'elections' gravely violate relevant norms and principles of international law... This act and its results therefore have no legal effect," said OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in a statement.
"The OIC fully recognizes the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan," he said, adding that the world's largest Islamic body "once again strongly condemns the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan."
Voters went to the polls Thursday in Nagorno-Karabakh to elect a new president for this isolated ethnic Armenian-controlled mountain enclave. Officials said they hoped the vote would shore up the region's democratic credentials, boosting its efforts to become an internationally recognized country after 15 years of self-declared independence following the messy break-up of the Soviet Union.
The OIC on Thursday urged an "immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan."