Baroness Cox Attends Opening of Rehab Center in Stepanakert

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Vice-Speaker of the British Parliament’s House of Lords–Baroness Caroline Cox–attended the renovation ceremony of a Rehabilitation Center in Stepanakert on Tuesday. The center–which was heavily damaged during the hostilities in Karabakh–was reconstructed with money raised in Great Britain. It is the Baroness’ 40th visit to Armenia and Karabakh.

Accompanying. Cox on the trip were a group of journalists and teachers from a number of high schools in England whose purpose was to establish cooperation with their colleagues from Artsakh State University. Cox also brought with her equipment for Karabakh’s Emergency Management Administration.

Cox told Noyan Tapan that the center will treat patients with spinal injuries received in hostilities. She also announced her intentions to launch a fund raising campaign with the purpose of developing and implementing a complex program of physiotherapy–occupational therapy–and recreation therapy at the Center. She pointed out that "Christian Solidarity," an organization led by her–had also contributed to the construction of the orthopedic clinic in Stepanakert.

Cox pointed out that every time she visits Armenia and Karabakh she notices progress in the lives of citizens of these countries. "Armenia is rapidly developing. There are signs of new life in many spheres; there are more cars and roads; new banks and shops are opening–and a new economy is being formed. Everything is operating very well despite the blockade imposed by Turkey and Azerbaijan."

Later that day–Cox and her party were received by Karabakh’s Prime Minister Zhirair Poghossian.

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