Moments ago, the California State Assembly, by a decisive vote adopted a resolution recognizing the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a historic move by the legislature of the State, which is home to the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee welcomes this bold and groundbreaking move, which is a testament to not only the hard work of the Armenian-American community, but also the cognizance of public officials in the State of California about the right to self-determination of all peoples—and in this case the people of Artsakh.
This vote goes a long way in cementing the just aspirations of the Armenian people and underscores the importance of the struggle waged by the people of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to determine their own fate and to establish democratic norms for governing themselves in the face of grave adversity and threats to their daily existence.
Despite heavy opposition by Azerbaijan, the California Legislature took the heroic step to advance the cause of freedom and self-determination. For this each and every legislator who voted in favor of the measure must be commended. At the same time, State Assemblymembers Mike Gatto, Scott Wilk, Adrin Nazarian and Khatcho Achadjian and Assembly Speaker John Perez must be commended for their leadership in this effort and their commitment to becoming the true representatives of the constituencies.
This is a definitive victory for the Armenian Nation, as well as for the people of Artsakh who have heroically waged a struggle for self-determination and for other disenfranchised peoples around the world.