ARF Central Committee Meets with Artsakh Parliament Speaker

From l to r: Koko Topalian, Bedig Kazandjian, Dr. Viken Hovsepian, Ashot Ghoulian, Arch. Martirossian and Dr. Viken Yacoubian

GLENDALE—A delegation of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee on Saturday met with visiting Artsakh Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghoulian to discuss issues of mutual interest and further cooperation.

The two sides discussed several important topics, among them the imperative to assist the Syrian-Armenian community as they fall victim to the growing unrest in that country. The sides expressed that as a sign of national unity, the plight of Syrian-Armenians must become a focal point.

Ghoulian briefed the ARF leaders about the recent visit by Uruguay Parliament Speaker and his delegation, pointing out the positive implications the visit will have on the effort to garner international recognition of Artsakh (the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic).

The Artsakh Parliament Speaker also praised the recent passage of legislation in Rhode Island that recognized Artsakh’s independence and right to self-determination, saying that similar efforts in other states would be beneficial to Artsakh’s recognition.

Ghoulian also praised the good and positive working relations with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Representation in Washington and close ties with its representative Robert Avetisyan.

The two sides also discussed projects and plans for resettlement of Artsakh’s border regions, as well as the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Artsakh Liberation Movement.

Joining Ghoulian at the meeting were Avetisyan and the Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Parkev Martirossian.

The ARF delegation was headed by chairman Dr. Viken Hovsepian and CC members Dr. Viken Yacoubian, Bedig Kazandjian and Koko Topalian.

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