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September 3, 2013

An Anniversary of Independent Artsakh
Congressmen, Canadian MP Extend Congratulations to the Republic

Washington, DC - On September 2, 1991, the Nagorno Karabakh legislature
announced the formation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. The historic
decision 22 years ago has effectively reversed Joseph Stalin's arbitrary
resolution of 1921 to make Artsakh an Armenian autonomous region under
Soviet Azerbaijan. September 2, 1991 also symbolizes the end of decades of
discrimination and oppression that followed Stalin's decision.

People of Nagorno Karabakh chose sovereign development as part ofa lasting
commitment to establish a free and democratic society. Twenty-two years
after the historic Declaration and
defending its liberty on the battlefield, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
(Artsakh) remains adherent to developing as an independent democracy and a
reliable member of the international community.

Members of the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament have congratulated
Artsakh people and authorities on the occasion. U.S. Representatives Frank
Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Michael Grimm (R-NY), the co-chairs of the
Congressional Caucus on Armenian issues, in particular, noted that the
"Formation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in 1991 was a testament to
fundamental principles of freedom and democracy.We are committed to
continuing our support of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and of the
aspirations of your fledgling democracy and its people".

Statement by a member of the Canadian House of Commons Jim Karygiannis also
congratulated the people of Artsakh on the occasion. "Today the Nagorno
Karabakh Republic is . independent, democratic and fully functioning state,
with a thriving market economy and a dynamic civil society", says the
Canadian MP, who also let the country's observation mission during the 2012
presidential elections in Artsakh.

NKR Representative Robert Avetisyan expressed his gratitude to the U.S.
Congressmen and to Canadian parliamentarian for their continued support to
Artsakh's sovereign development.

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