STEPANAKERT—The National Assembly of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic on Thursday unanimously adopted a statement on the California State Assembly’s resolution supporting Artsakh and recognizing its independence as a republic. Part of the statement is below.
“On June 8 the legislative body of the State of California adopted a Resolution, encouraging and supporting the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s continuing efforts to develop as a free and independent nation, and urging the President and Congress of the United States to support the self-determination and democratic independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and its constructive involvement with the international community’s efforts to reach a just and lasting solution to security issues in that strategically important region.
“Attaching importance to the California State Assembly Resolution, as a support to the right of Artsakh Armenians to build a sovereign democratic state on their historic lands, we express gratitude to the authors of the bill and to the members of the California legislature.
“We appreciate the Resolution’s emphasis on the involvement of Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the establishment of lasting peace in the region and consider that henceforth the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should be targeted at ensuring the legal and full participation of the NKR in the process of comprehensive settlement.
“The independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the post-Soviet era is not only a historic, but also an irreversible geopolitical reality, the international recognition of which is a prerequisite of establishment of just and lasting peace and cooperation between peoples in the South Caucasus.
“We are confident that the Resolution of the California State Assembly will have its effective influence on the reconsideration of the US Government policy on the South Caucasus and adoption of new priorities.”