BRUSSELS—Artsakh National Assembly Speaker Ashot Ghulian paid a visit to the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (ANC of Europe) offices Friday and held a meeting with representatives from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Belgium, Armenian National Committee of Belgium, Hamazkayin Cultural Association, Homenetmen Athletics Union, Armenian Youth Federation, Armenian Relief Society, and the EAFJD. Present were Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Central Board Chairwoman Vicky Marachelian and Board Member Liza Avakian, as well as Anna Astvatsaturain Turcotte, author of “Nowhere, A Story of Exile.” Ghulian was accompanied by diplomats Armine Aleksanyan and Vardan Barseghian.
In the meeting which lasted around two hours, Ghulian explained in detail the current challenges facing the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, as well as the achievements and progress made in the last 20 years in state-building, democracy and economy.
The representatives of Armenian organizations in Belgium reaffirmed their commitment of always being on the forefront in helping Armenia and Artsakh, to ensure the security and progress of both Republics, while Ghulian stressed the unbreakable ties between Armenia, Artsakh, and the Diaspora.
At the end of the meeting, Ghulian honored EAFJD President Karampetian with the medal of 25 years of the Karabakh movement, for his efforts in independent Artsakh’s international recognition.
The Speaker of the National Assembly of Artsakh is in Brussels to partake in some events organized for “Artsakh month,” which include the presentation of “Nowhere, A Story of Exile” in the European Parliament, and the celebration in the European Parliament, for the first time, of the independence of Artskah. Later in the month, the internationally acclaimed movie “Tevanik” will be screened in Europe, in the presence of director Jivan Avetisyan.