Press Release: Members of U.S. Congress congratulate NKR on democratic vote
For Immediate Release ~ July 24, 2012
Washington, DC – On July 19, 2012, for the fifth time since independence the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh chose their president. Incumbent president Bako Sahakyan received more than 66 percent of the vote and was reelected to a second term. More than 80 international observers from two dozen countries monitored the elections widely covered by local and world media. They assessed the election as free and fair that reflected the democratic will of the people of Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh.
Members of U.S. Congress congratulate the Artsakh Republic and re-elected president Bako Sahakyan reiterating their strong support for democratic processes in NKR as well as its self-determination.
Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. and Ed Royce congratulated the people of Artsakh on the peaceful exercise of democracy through democratic elections that "represent the strength of the democratic process in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and are a testament to the commitment of the people in Artsakh to the Republic’s sovereignty." The members applaud Artsakh "for putting democracy into action" and reiterated their support on its "rightful exercise of self-determination which contributes to regional stability and development."
In other separate statements, congressional friends of Artsakh Congressmen Howard Berman, Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff, Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, David Cicilline, and Jim Costa emphasized the achievements of Artsakh in development of democratic and vibrant society, as well as continuing devotion of Artsakh to freedom, democracy and democratic governance. They congratulated president Sahakyan on his reelection and reiterated their support on independence and prosperity of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
Artsakh Representative to the United States Robert Avetisyan expressed gratitude to the American Congressmen for their continuing steadfast support of democratic processes in Artsakh.
“On behalf of the people of Artsakh, I thank the Congressmen for supporting our aspirations to build a true democratic and open society, which is a precondition for a strong and prosperous state”, said Avetisyan.
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