SWEDISH DELEGATION VISITED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Azat Artsakh, Nagorno Karabakh Republic [NKR]
01 July 2006

The press service of the National Assembly of NKR reported that on June
28 Rudik Hyusnunts, Deputy Speaker, met with the Swedish delegation
headed by the deputy leader of the Left Party MP Ulla Hoffman. The
guests from Sweden were accompanied by Vardan Mkrtichian, member of the
National Assembly of Armenia, Ardarutiun faction. The deputy speaker
of the National Assembly briefed them on the processes underway in
the republic. Our newly independent country, he said, is currently
stepping into a new stage of democracy, steadily integrating with
the European family. During the talk the deputy speaker recalled
with gratitude that Sweden was one of the first countries to send
humanitarian aid to Nagorno Karabakh in blockade during the national
liberation movement of Artsakh Armenians and the war imposed on the
young republic afterwards, thanks to the Armenian cultural center in
this Scandinavian state. At the same time, he thanked the parliament
of Sweden for recognizing the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey
and the Left Party for the legislative proposal. I believe, said the
deputy speaker, that you will become engaged in the international
recognition of NKR. According to Ms. Hoffman, they visited NKR out
of permanent interest in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. For her part,
she said there is much in this country they have not seen yet but what
they have already seen is impressive. The head of the delegation, as
well as the members of the delegation said they intend to study the
possibilities and conditions of sustaining relations with Nagorno
Karabakh. At the end of the meeting the deputy speaker suggested
that the guests take part in the celebration of the 13th anniversary
of liberation of Martakert. The invitation was accepted gladly. At
the meeting Arayik Harutiunyan, Chair of the NKR Finance, Budget and
Economic Management Committee was present, reported the press service
of the NKR National Assembly.