The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau–in a letter released Wednesday–extended its congratulations to Nagorno-Karabakh’s newly-elected president Arkady Ghoukassian. The translated text of that letter follows. Honorable Arkady Ghoukassian,
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation rank and file and organizations–with much happiness–learned of your victory in the September 1 presidential elections in Karabakh.
These elections testify to the irrefutable right and ability of the Karabakh Armenia’s to choose their own faith democratically.
We are confident that despite the continuous and relentless external pressures–and difficult socio-economic situation–under your leadership Karabakh Armenia’s will continue its struggle for the independence of Karabakh–as well as the strengthening of its security.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation rank and file and organizations reiterate their support for the people of Karabakh and their brave struggle. We also declare our commitment in pursuing Karabakh’s national will and efforts.
Congratulations and much success and warm greetings Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau September 3–1997