PARIS–A visiting delegation led by Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Acting President Leonard Petrosian–attended ceremonies Tuesday for the inauguration of the republic’s mission in Paris.
Accompanying Petrosian were Karabakh representative in Armenia Alexander Harutunian–representative of the Armenian Embassy in France Ruben Kharazyan and Karabakh’s representative to the European Parliament and Council Varoujan Grigorian. Also present at the ceremony were members and leaders of Armenian organizations–members of French and Armenian press as well as French political officials.
In welcoming the gathered–Grigorian stated that plans for this mission had been underway for months and thanks to the generosity and efforts of a group of friends and benefactors–as well as the involvement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic leadership–the mission was established.
"This center is open to all Armenia’s," exclaimed Grigorian.
Representing the French-Armenian community–Sarkis Bedoyan welcomed Petrosian and the Karabakh delegation to France–and stressed that French President Jacques Chirac had reafirmed his support for Karabakh’s right to self-determination during meetings with Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armeians.
Petrosian emphasized the importance of the Karabakh mission in Paris–since the center aimed to be a link between Karabakh and the French Armenian community–and expressed hope that when the international community recognizes the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic–this center could become an embassy.
Petrosian praised Grigorian for his efforts and called on the community to coordinate all its activities with the center.