Pallone, Kirk Praise Nagorno Karabakh Parliamentary Elections

WASHINGTON–– U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Mark Kirk (IL-10) Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, sent on May 28 a letter to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian congratulating Karabakh for successfully conducting its fifth parliamentary elections. We present the letter below.

May 28, 2010

H.E. Bako Sahakian
President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
3, 20 February Street
Stepanakert, NKR

Dear President Sahakian:

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, we are writing to extend our sincere congratulations to you and the people of Artsakh on the Parliamentary elections held on May 23, 2010.   According to international observer reports, including the American-Dutch monitoring delegation led by the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), the elections were conducted in a “free, fair, and transparent manner.”

These elections demonstrate the strength of the democratic process in your republic and reiterate the commitment of the people in Artsakh to the republic’s sovereignty.   We will continue supporting your efforts to strengthen democracy, to ensure continued development of the region, and to advocate self-determination for Artsakh.

We wish our colleagues in the democratically-elected National Assembly of Artsakh productive service on behalf of the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

Sincerely,

Frank Pallone, Jr
Mark Steven Kirk

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