On the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Mountainous Karagagh Republic’s (MKR) independence–over fifty Members of Congress joined Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone–Jr. (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)–in sending a letter to President Bush.
The September 28 letter outlines the difficult road taken by the people of Karabagh to secure freedom–build a democratic and economically viable country–and to establish peace.
Citing parallels between the US and Mountainous Karagagh–the letter also says that Karagagh "is a country of proud citizens committed to the values of freedom–democracy and respect for human rights. We–as Americans cherish and defend these same values at home and internationally." It also urges the Unites States to "unequivocally support" the right of the people of Mountainous Karagagh to decide their fate.
"We thank our congressional friends for defending the values of freedom–democracy–and prosperity," said MKR Representative in the US Vardan Barseghian. "These universal values are dear to the people of Artsakh [Karabah] as we continue building a rule-of-law–democratic country–contributing meaningfully to peace and stability in the strategic South Caucasus region."
"We call on the United States and other nations to recognize the independence of the Mountainous Karagagh Republic–thereby affirming the right of the people of Artsakh to live in freedom without fear of violence–oppression–and persecution," stressed Barseghian.
The Office of the Mountainous Karagagh Republic in the US is based in Washington–DC and works with the US government–academics–and the public–in representing the official policies and interests of the Mountainous Karagagh Republic.