California Senate recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Armenia Welcomes This

SACRAMENTO (ARKA/Armenpress) — The California State Senate, led by incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, has passed Assembly member Mike Gatto’s Joint Resolution (AJR) 32 by an overwhelming majority of votes. The resolution recognizes the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR) and calls upon the US Congress and president to also do so. It encourages NKR’s continuing efforts to develop as a free and independent nation. The state of California has become the fifth US state after Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Louisiana to adopt legislation supporting the independence of Artsakh.

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian welcomed this resolution, stating that “the more Azerbaijan hampers the efforts of Armenia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group co-chairs to settle the Karabagh issue, the more we can expect such resolutions, paving the way for the international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic,” according to RIA Novosti.

Political scientist Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan said that the recognition of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic by the State of California can have serious economic and political consequences, if the foreign diplomacies of the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno Karabagh Republic provide practical steps. As reports “Armenpress”, the political scientist stated about this at the course of the press conference held on September 3.

Among other things, Melik-Shahnazaryan underscored: “The US is a federation of states and each state has its own laws. Karabagh has a right to open its representation in California and respectively California can have its representation in Stepanakert. Karabagh can also export its good with the ‘Made in Karabagh’ country of origin label.”

Previously it was reported that the California State Senate approved a measure recognizing the independence and self-determination of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

Wednesday’s vote on AJR32 also called for U.S. recognition of the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh, marking a major milestone in the growing American movement supporting the national and democratic aspirations of the citizens of this independent and historically Armenian country.

The historic vote specifically voiced encouragement for Artsakh’s continuing efforts to develop as a free and independent nation, and formally called upon the President and Congress of the United States to support the self-determination and democratic independence of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic.