WASHINGTON–DC–On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s independence–US Reps. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) and Frank Pallone–Jr. (D-NJ)–co-chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–commended the people of Karabagh.
In a letter to President Arkady Ghoukasian–Knollenberg and Pallone wrote–"Despite all the difficulties–today Nagorno Karabagh is a proud state committed to the values of democracy–respect for human rights–and an open civil society."
"Today–as we extend our congratulations to the people and the authorities of Nagorno Karabagh on the 13th anniversary of the Proclamation of the NKR–we welcome your determination and efforts in strengthening Karabagh’s democratic institutions and market economy.
"Karabagh has proven to be a capable–reliable–and serious partner of the international community," the lawmakers continued. "Peace and stability in the South Caucasus are not possible without a contribution from Nagorno Karabagh. We assure you of our strong commitment to Karabagh’s security and development," the letter concluded.