Massachussetts State Assembly Welcomes President Ghoukasian.
WASHINGTON, DC On the first day of President Arkady Ghoukasian's visit to the United States last month, the Massachusetts State Assembly adopted a resolution in support of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh), honoring the NKR President.
The resolution was presented to President Ghoukasian on November 13, 2004 by State House members Peter Koutoujian and Rachel Kaprielian during a public event at the Armenian Library and Museum in Watertown, Massachusetts, organized by the Armenia Fund USA, Inc.
"We feel strongly about supporting Artsakh and recognizing its achievements in democracy building and economic development. It goes without saying that the freedom-loving people of Artsakh deserve a continued and stronger American support," said Koutoujian and Kaprielian.
Proposed by Representatives Peter Koutoujian and Rachel
Kaprielian and signed by Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, the resolution is
a first-ever legislation passed by any U.S. state in recognition of
Nagorno Karabakh Republic's achievements in democracy building, economic
development and contribution to regional stability.
"I thank Speaker DiMasi and State Representatives Koutoujian and Kaprielian for their support. This resolution is a very important statement of recognition for Artsakh. We deeply appreciate Koutoujian's and Kaprielian's leadership in spearheading this effort to raise greater awareness of Artsakh in the State of Massachusetts and the United States in general," said Vardan Barseghian, Nagorno Karabakh's Representative in the United States.
The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States is based in Washington, DC and works with the U.S. government, academia and the public representing the official policies and interests of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
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The full text of the resolution appears below.
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