Within the framework of the visit to the US, the delegation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic headed by Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghulyan participated in the sitting of the Los Angeles City Council. Introducing the guest, member of the LA City Council Paul Krekorian spoke about the path Artsakh has passed from its forced annexation to the declaration of independence.
This was the second official reception organized by the City Council in honor of a delegation from Nagorno Karabakh. The first was held two years ago, when the Council hosted NKR President Bako Sahakyan. Then the NKR President was handed a declaration, which was expressing the willingness of the LA City Council to support the young state and its people moving along the path of democracy.
Speaking at the sitting, Paul Krekorian stressed that “today Artsakh is truly a democratic, sovereign and independent state.”
National Assembly speaker Ashot Ghulyan expressed gratitude to the City Council for recognizing the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination. According to him, this is already the second step towards establishing cooperation between Los Angeles and Shushi, the second largest city in Artsakh.
The NKR delegation was welcomed by Eric Garcetti, member of the Los Angeles City Council. “Although the Federal authorities of the US have not yet recognized the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, we are the people of this country and our decision is unbreakable,” Garcetti said, speaking about the declaration.
“We are proud that Los Angeles was the first to make a step recognizing the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination,” he said.
Upon the outcome of the meeting Paul Krekorian handed a certificate asserting the friendly ties between Los Angeles and Shushi to Ashot Ghulyan.