YEREVAN (ARF News Service)–The President of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Wednesday awarded the Armenian National Committee of America with the Mesrob Mashdots Medal–in recognition of the organizations’ defense of Nagorno Karabakh’s right to self-determination within secure borders.
The ANCA was among a small group of individuals and organizations that were awarded medals of appreciation by President Ghoukassian during a ceremony in Yerevan marking the 10th anniversary of Republic’s declaration of independence.
The ceremony–which was held at the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic offices in Yerevan–honored individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in strengthening the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic or who played a key role in Nagorno Karabakh’s self-defense effort. The latter medals were awarded posthumously.
Ghoukassian singled out the ANCA for its efforts in advancing issues of vital importance to Nagorno Karabakh within the American political system–and in providing timely information and analysis regarding developmen’s in the region.
Accepting the Mesrob Mashdots medal on behalf of the ANCA was Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member Vahan Hovanessian–who commented that the ceremony and the honors "once again–proved that the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a legitimate state–because only such self-governing states are able to properly honor and appreciate victories."
Hovanessian expressed his and his organization’s gratitude to the Karabakh leadership–the president–government and the national assembly–" for not forgetting those individuals and organizations that spared nothing–and often surpassed their resources–to serve the liberation struggle of Karabakh."
"Today–emotions are heightened based on the fact that Karabakh is a state and it communicates with its people and other Armenian who struggled for independence from a position of an official government."