WASHINGTON—Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) sent a congratulatory letter to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) President Bako Sahakian marking the 20th anniversary of Karabakh’s independence.
“Dear President Sahakyan, I am writing to congratulate the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, and you on the Anniversary of Independence. This 20th anniversary symbolizes yet another important milestone in your struggle for freedom. On September 2, 1991 the people of Artsakh declared their intention to build a free and democratic state, and they have been steadfast in this mission. You have successfully defended your country against military aggression. Many of Artsakh’s brave sons and daughters sacrificed their lives to ensure the triumph of liberty in your Homeland. The unwavering faith in your righteous cause and your commendable perseverance led you to many more victories in restoring your war-torn economy, strengthening your democracy and creating a firm basis for a continued development and prosperity,” said Pallone in his letter.
Pallone emphasized that “for the past 20 years, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, has proven its vitality, its strong commitment to the universal values of freedom, peace and democracy.”
“I deeply appreciate your constructive approach and ongoing contribution to peace and stability in the region and assure you of our steadfast commitment to Artsakh’s security and development. I have been proud to stand with you along your heroic path to liberty and to aid you in your efforts to achieve formal, international recognition of your independence. I look forward to the day when the flag of an independent Artsakh would proudly fly all over the world as a testament to the realization of your democratic dream,” added Pallone.