GLENDALE—Members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Western US and members of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Board of Directors on Tuesday met with Arayik Harutunyan, the Prime Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, who is in Los Angeles to participate in the Armenia Fund Telethon on Thanksgiving Day.
Accompanying Harutunyan to the meeting were Armenia’s Ambassador to the US Tigran Sargsyan; Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Permanent Representative to the US Robert Avetisyan; and Chairman of Armenia Fund Inc., Antranik Baghdasarian.
ARF Western US Central Committee chairman Dr. Viken Hovsepian welcomed the prime minister, expressing the ARF’s long-standing and continued support to Artsakh, its liberation struggle, its development and economic stability.
Harutunyan thanked the ARF Central Committee for its commitment to Artsakh and the various activities and support it has undertaken since the beginning of the Karabakh movement.
He emphasized the importance of economic development of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, highlighting the “Our Home” campaign, which is the focal point of the 2015 Armenia Fund Telethon and aims to provide single-dwelling houses to families in Artsakh who have five or more children. He underscored that the project will help the growth in population in Artsakh, which will help its development.
He said the ground was ripe for individual investments in the various sectors on Artsakh, saying his government has created mechanisms that ensure individuals will see tangible results and returns on their investments.
Ambassador Sargsyan also emphasized the importance of the “Our Home” project, saying the impetus to increase the population of Artsakh will go a long way in the strengthening of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
To questions regarding the current military unrest on the Karabakh-Azerbaijan borders, Harutunyan assured the gathering that the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Armed Forces are delivering the necessary response to Azerbaijani attacks. He also warned that the situation remained tense, but that was a reality with which the people and the government of Artsakh are living and collectively overcoming.