Baroness Caroline Cox Awarded ?Mkhitar Gosh? Medal

YEREVAN (Arka)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian awarded Baroness Caroline Cox his country’s "Mkitar Gosh" Medal for her efforts in developing Armenian-British relations–and for her humanitarian undertakings–specifically her consistent work in Mountainous Karabagh Republic.

Cox–who has served as the Deputy Speaker of House of Lords of British Parliament since 1985–has visited Karabagh 60 times since 1989. Her most recent visit just this month was a pilgrimage there with a delegation that included 20 representatives from various Christian organizations throughout Great Britain.

Karabagh Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghulian recently praised Baroness Cox–saying that she "had always been with the people of Karabagh–during the hardest war–during heavy post-war years–and today."

In a 1997 article in "Contemporary Review," Baroness Cox wrote: "The Armenia’s of Karabakh can never again submit to Azeri sovereignty–given all they have suffered at the hands of Azerbaijan. They will fight to the death to preserve their freedom and their historic land? One option is quite definitely not open; namely–any attempt to declare Nagorno Karabakh to be part of Azerbaijan. That would be to reward those who indulged in aggression and invasion of a neighboring independent state–as well as to cause gross violations of human rights in total defiance of treaty obligations .We should remember the statement made by President Elchibey in June 1992–when–after opening full hostilities against Karabakh–he said that if there were any Armenia’s left in Karabakh by October they could hang him in the central square of Baku. It is a pity they did not! No amount of oil-lubricated waffle or diplomatic flannel in the West can excuse this clear statement of intent by a head of state. It has the underlying unequivocal ring of statemen’s made by Genghis Khan–and we all know what his intentions were."

The Baroness is a consistent defender of human rights in the House of Lords–primarily involved in helping people in Myanmar–Sudan–Indonesia and Mountainous Karabagh Republic.

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