Artsakh Parliament Member and Representatives Welcomed to Australia’s Parliament

Australian Parliament Member John Alexander (center) with representatives of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and ANC Australia (Source: ANC Australia)
Australian Parliament Member John Alexander (center) with representatives of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and ANC Australia (Source: ANC Australia)

Australian Parliament Member John Alexander (center) with representatives of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and ANC Australia (Source: ANC Australia)

SYDNEY (ANC Australia)—Australian Member of Parliament John Alexander welcomed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic parliamentarian Davit Ishkhanyan to Australia’s Parliament while on a visit with a delegation as part of the Armenian National Committee of Australia’s Advocacy Week.

Alexander mentioned the 24th anniversary of Artsakh’s independence, and said that “with its significant majority of ethnic Armenians, it enjoys a democratic system of government and a commitment to human rights and free press that lies in stark contrast to its closest neighbor, Azerbaijan.”

Alexander, the Member for Bennelong, Australia, also acknowledged Kaylar Michaelian, the newly-appointed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic representative to Australia, who was also part of the delegation.

He said: “Earlier today, I was fortunate to meet with a delegation including representatives from the Armenian National Committee and Mr. Kaylar Michaelian, a former principal of Galstaun College, who has recently been appointed as the new permanent representative of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh to Australia.”

“With them was Mr. Davit Ishkhanyan, a member of the parliament from Nagorno-Karabakh, which is also known as Artsakh.”

Alexander added: “This republic recently celebrated 24 years of independence.”

The ANC Australia-led delegation, accompanied by Ishkhanyan and Michaelian, met with over 25 members of parliament over two days in Canberra, and raised awareness for the security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as advocating for its Independence to be recognized.

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The Full Statement of Mr ALEXANDER (Bennelong) (13:37):

Culturally diverse, Bennelong is the proud home of our nation’s largest community of Armenian-Australians. This community may be comparatively small, but the positive contribution that they make is significant. From political representation—such as the New South Wales Treasurer, Gladys Berejiklian, and Ryde councillors Artin Etmekdjian and Sarkis Yedelian—through to local restaurant owners, accountants, lawyers and even my excellent car mechanic, the gentle, smart and honest character traits shared by so many Armenian-Australians pervades the Bennelong community.

Earlier today, I was fortunate to meet with a delegation including representatives from the Armenian National Committee and Mr. Kaylar Michaelian, a former principal of Galstaun College, who has recently been appointed as the new permanent representative of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh to Australia. With them was Mr. Davit Ishkhanyan, a member of the parliament from Nagorno-Karabakh, which is also known as Artsakh.

This republic recently celebrated 24 years of independence. With its significant majority of ethnic Armenians, it enjoys a democratic system of government and a commitment to human rights and free press that lies in stark contrast to its closest neighbor, Azerbaijan. I join many in hoping that a peaceful resolution can be found to the conflict in that region, and, on behalf of my constituents in Bennelong, I welcome Mr. Ishkhanyan to our parliament. Welcome.

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