(Combined Sources)–US Congressman Michael McNulty (D-NY) expressed his solidarity with the people of Karabagh on the occasion of the 18th Anniversary of the Karabagh Freedom Movement. In his February 15 statement for the Congressional Record–the Congressman’stressed his support for Karabagh’s continuing freedom and democracy–noting that the people of Karabagh heroically defended their right to live freely on their ancestral land in the face of Azeri military aggression.
McNulty said–"On February 20–1988–the people of Nagorno Karabagh officially petitioned the Soviet government to reunite with Armenia and reverse the injustice perpetrated by the Soviet dictator–Joseph Stalin… the people of Nagorno Karabagh bravely defended their right to live in freedom on their ancestral land."
He praised Karabagh–saying–that it "continues to strengthen its statehood with a democratically elected government–a capable defense force–and an independent foreign policy."
Representative of Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) to the United States–Vardan Barseghian–expressed his gratitude to Congressman McNulty for his support for the people of Karabagh. Barseghian said: "February 20–1988 marked the beginning of the modern-era liberation struggle of the people of Nagorno Karabagh–which brought us within reach of our national aspirations. We thank Congressman McNulty for his encouraging words on such a historical day. This support is very important for the people of Nagorno Karabagh Republic–Artsakh–as we continue to develop our economy–further improve our democracy and strengthen our statehood."
When asked about McNulty’s statement–Jonathan Hennick–a public relations officer from the US embassy in Azerbaijan–said that he was unaware of McNulty’s statemen’s about Karabagh.
The official in the embassy in Baku said his government recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. He added–however–that a member of the Congress can have his own opinions and disagree with official position.