Artsakh Independence Anniversary to be Marked on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON–The bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues will mark the 21st anniversary of Artsakh independence at a special Capitol Hill reception to be held on December 5th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the historic Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385.

The Congressional program will feature an address by Nagorno Karabakh Republic Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan and remarks by Members of the Caucus and the Republic of Armenia’s Ambassador to the U.S., Tatoul Markarian.  This event will commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s independence referendum and 6th anniversary of the adoption of the Artsakh Constitution, both officially celebrated on December 10th.

The Congressional Armenian Caucus will be joined at the celebration by members of the diplomatic and foreign policy community along with Armenian American leaders.

A special guest, the noted author of “Nowhere: A Story of Exile” and survivor of the 1990 Baku pogroms against Armenians, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, will be on hand for the event, after a day of Capitol Hill meetings.

The Armenian National Committee of America has posted an action alert encouraging Armenian Americans to urge their Senators and Representatives to celebrate Karabakh independence:

The action alert notes that “with Azerbaijani threat and acts of aggression on the rise, it’s vital that you take a moment right now to call your Senators and Representative to support Artsakh’s right to freedom and security by attending this event.”

For more information regarding the event, visit the Facebook event page.

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