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Massachussetts State Assembly Welcomes President Ghoukasian.
Reps. Koutoujian and Kaprielian initiate a pioneer
resolution in recognition of Artsakh's achievements

December 16, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC — On the first day of President Arkady Ghoukasian's visit to the United States last month, the Massachusetts State Assembly adopted a resolution in support of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh), honoring the NKR President.

The resolution was presented to President Ghoukasian on November 13, 2004 by State House members Peter Koutoujian and Rachel Kaprielian during a public event at the Armenian Library and Museum in Watertown, Massachusetts, organized by the Armenia Fund USA, Inc.

"We feel strongly about supporting Artsakh and recognizing its achievements in democracy building and economic development. It goes without saying that the freedom-loving people of Artsakh deserve a continued and stronger American support," said Koutoujian and Kaprielian.

Proposed by Representatives Peter Koutoujian and Rachel Kaprielian and signed by Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, the resolution is a first-ever legislation passed by any U.S. state in recognition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic's achievements in democracy building, economic development and contribution to regional stability.

"I thank Speaker DiMasi and State Representatives Koutoujian and Kaprielian for their support. This resolution is a very important statement of recognition for Artsakh. We deeply appreciate Koutoujian's and Kaprielian's leadership in spearheading this effort to raise greater awareness of Artsakh in the State of Massachusetts and the United States in general," said Vardan Barseghian, Nagorno Karabakh's Representative in the United States.

The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States is based in Washington, DC and works with the U.S. government, academia and the public representing the official policies and interests of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

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The full text of the resolution appears below.


WHEREAS, We welcome the President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) H.E. Arkady Ghoukasian's visit to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, For over 16 years the brave people of Karabakh have been successful in defending their land and their freedom and now they are building a democratic state; and

WHEREAS, Since the cease-fire agreement (May of 1994) among Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, Karabakh has made a serious progress in recovering from devastating consequences of Azerbaijani military aggression; and

WHEREAS, We support the position of the Nagorno Karabakh people and government to reach a comprehensive and long lasting resolution of the conflict with Azerbaijan through peaceful negotiations, reflecting the will of the people of Karabakh to live in freedom; and

WHEREAS, We support initiatives aimed at building trust among the parties to the conflict, especially between Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh; and

WHEREAS, Democratic and economic reforms undertaken in Karabakh have built a foundation for strengthening democratic institutions and a continued economic development; Karabakh was able to create favorable conditions for direct foreign investments; and

WHEREAS, Understanding the importance of modern road infrastructure for further economic development of Karabakh, the State House encourages active participation of Armenian-Americans in the upcoming Armenia Fund Telethon for the completion of the North-South Highway in Karabakh; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Massachusetts house of representatives JOINS IN WELCOMING THE PRESIDENT OF THE NAGORNO KARABAKH REPUBLIC (ARTSAKH) H.E. ARKADY GHOUKASIAN with which We share the universal values of freedom, democracy and justice WHICH create a strong foundation for continued and expanded friendship between the peoples of the United States and Artsakh; and be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded by the Clerk of the House of Representatives to the President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) H.E. Arkady Ghoukasian.

Signed by Speaker Salvatore DiMasi
November 12, 2004

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