WASHINGTON—Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Michael Grimm (NY-11), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, released the following letter on Friday sent to Bako Sahakian, President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, congratulating the Republic on its 22nd anniversary of independence.
The following is the text of the letter:
August 30, 2013
H.E. Bako Sahakyan
President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
20th February Street, 3
Dear President Sahakyan:
As co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, we are writing to congratulate you and the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic as you celebrate the 22nd anniversary of your independence on September 2, 2013.
Formation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in 1991 was a testament to fundamental principles of freedom and democracy. Over the ensuing years you put an end to decades of Soviet oppression and discrimination while overcoming war launched by Azerbaijan against the people of Artsakh. Your government has been remarkably resilient and your continued dedication to democracy is laudable. We commend your nation for consistently holding free and fair elections as evidenced by international observers.
Like you, we remain hopeful that a peaceful resolution to the conflict will be found, and are deeply troubled by Azerbaijan’s ongoing violations of the cease-fire. We appreciate your constructive approach in the face of such aggression and your unwavering pursuit of regional stability.
We are committed to continuing our support of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and of the aspirations of your fledgling democracy and its people. We strongly endorse Artsakh’s efforts towards international recognition of its independence.