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June 28, 2013 Friday

Washington: PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS -- (Senate - June 26, 2013)


The Library of Congress, The Government of USA has issued the
following news release:

The following petitions and memorials were laid before the Senate and
were referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated:

POM-36. A resolution adopted by the Senate of the State of Louisiana
expressing support for the Nagorno Karabakh Republic's efforts to
develop as a free and independent nation; to the Committee on Foreign

Senate Resolution No. 151

Whereas, Nagorno Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, has historically
been Armenian territory, populated by an overwhelming majority of
Armenians, which was illegally severed from Armenia by the Soviet
Union in 1921 and placed under the newly created Soviet Azerbaijani
administration; and

Whereas, February 20, 1988, marked the beginning of the national
liberation movement in Nagorno Karabakh, which inspired people
througheut the Soviet Union to stand up against tyranny and for their
rights and freedoms, helping to bring democracy to millions and
contributing to world peace; and

Whereas, the United States Congress has repeatedly expressed support
for the legitimate freedom aspirations of the people of Nagorno
Karabakh; and

Whereas, on September 2, 1991, the legislature of Nagorno Karabakh
declared formation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, in accordance
with then acting legislation; and

Whereas, on December 10, 1991, the people of the Nagorno Karabakh
Republic voted in favor of the independence, and on January 6, 1992,
the democratically elected legislature of the Republic formally
declared independence; and

Whereas, since proclaiming independence, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
has registered significant progress in democracy building, which has
been most recently demonstrated during the July 19, 2012, presidential
elections that were assessed by international observers as free and
transparent: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana hereby
encourages and supports the Nagorno Karabakh Republic's continuing
efforts to develop as a free and independent nation in order to
guarantee its citizens those rights inherent in a free and independent
society; and be it further

Revolved, That the president and Congress of the United States of
America are hereby urged to support the self-determination and
democratic independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and its
constructive involvement with the international community's efforts to
reach a just and lasting solution to security issues in that
strategically important region; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the
president of the United States, the secretary of the United States
Senate, the clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and
to each member of the Louisiana delegation to the United States

[Other resolutions omitted]

From: Baghdasarian