WASHINGTON–U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, congratulated the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on the 18th anniversary of its independence on Wednesday, praising the country’s democratic progress and pledging their commitment to continue working for its international recognition.
“We have stood with you along your path to liberty and we continue to join you in the call for formal international recognition of your independence,” the co-chairs said in a congratulatory letter to Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian. “We look forward to the day when we can join you in celebration of the flag of an independent Artsakh proudly flying in capitals all over the world.”
“On September 2, 1991 the people of Karabakh declared their intention to build a free and democratic state, and they have been steadfast in this mission,” the letter said, praising that the young republic’s ongoing promotion of democracy and the right to self-determination. “This historic day represents another important milestone in Nagorno-Karabakh’s path to freedom.”
“Your continued efforts to advance theses principals in the face of many challenges are admirable,” the Kirk and Pallone said, adding that they continued to support “the restoration of Artsakh’s war-torn economy, strengthening its democracy and creating a solid foundation for continued development and prosperity.”
Praising Karabakh’s ongoing protection of the “universal values of freedom, peace, and democracy,” the two co-chairs expressed their appreciation for Karabakh’s “ongoing contribution to regional stability” and assured President Sahakian of their “continued dedication to Artsakh’s security and development.”