Los Angeles Welcomes President Bako Sahakian


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, honored President Bako Sahakian of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) Friday, highlighting his commitment to independence and democracy.

“It was my distinct and proud honor to recognize President Sahakian, a true champion of freedom, justice, and liberty for all,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “He is a warrior who fought and paid for in blood, the freedom and independence of his homeland and his countrymen. He is a leader who has guided his country from the brink of destruction to the plateaus of economic vitality and prosperity.”

Since 1988, President Bako Sahakian has been one of the pioneers of the Karabakh Liberation Movement. In 1990, he joined Artsakh’s self-defense forces and on July 19, 2007, he was elected President of the Republic of Artsakh.

Sahakian will be honored and recognized with a proclamation and the Key to the City by the Montebello City Council.

The City of Montebello is a sister city with the City of Stepanakert and both have been active sister partners for over six years. It has proven to be a fruitful and rewarding relationship.

“This is an occasion that is truly momentous for our community,” said Nazareth Sadorian, the chairman of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, Montebello Chapter. “The Armenian community is urged to attend this unprecedented event and show our support for the President of the Free Republic of Artsakh as well as the Montebello City officials.”

Council meeting takes place in City Hall at 1600 W Beverly Blvd. and begins at 7 p.m. sharp.

After the ceremony, the San Gabriel Valley ANC will host a reception welcoming the President at the Montebello Armenian Center, 420 W Washington Blvd.

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