ANCA’s Hamparian Meets With Artsakh Leaders

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ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian (left) meets with Artsakh President Bako Sahakian on Monday in Stepanakert

ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian (left) meets with Artsakh President Bako Sahakian on Monday in Stepanakert

STEPANAKERT—The Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America on Monday met with Artsakh President Bako Sahakian and Artsakh Foreign Minister Masis Mayilian and discussed important issue regarding the republic’s foreign and domestic priorities and relations with the Diaspora.

President Sahakian thanked the ANCA for its continued leadership in advancing issues related to Artsakh’s security and international recognition with American government structures.

Hamparian discussed a broad range of U.S. aid and Artsakh security issues including the recent ANCA inquiry to key Congressional panels about reports of Bell helicopter sales to Azerbaijan; last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee vote to support aid to regional rehabilitation centers, such as the Caroline Cox Center in Stepanakert; continue assistance for Artsakh demining efforts; and effort to implement the Royce-Engel peace proposals, including the placement of gun-fire locators along the line of contact with Azerbaijan.

Each of these is part of the “ANCA 360” approach to pro-Artsakh advocacy, generating U.S. support – in policy, practice, and principle— for the Artsakh Republic’s independence and security, supporting the OSCE Minsk Group platform, challenging Azerbaijani aggression by promoting accountability for attacks along the line of contact, and fostering broader, pro-peace dialogue between the U.S. and Artsakh.

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