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Congressmen Pallone and Royce Statement Congratulating Nagorno Karabakh on their Democratic Presidential Elections

July 20, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) and Congressman Ed Royce (CA-40) today congratulated the people of Nagorno Karabakh on the peaceful exercise of democracy through the regular presidential elections which occurred on July 19, 2012.  The elections represented another step in the bolstering of the democratic process that has been established inNagrono Karabakh :

“As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, I wish to extend my congratulations to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic on their exercise of democratic presidential elections.  The presidential elections held on July 19, 2012 are another important day in the history of independence and democratic freedom for the people of Artsakh.  It is heartening to see their continued dedication to peaceful democracy.

“On September 2, 1991 the Nagorno Karabakh Republic declared the formation of an independent, democratic republic.  On December 10, 1991 a referendum on the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic took place and was overwhelmingly approved. I am pleased the Republic continues to hold regular parliamentary and presidential elections that have previously been viewed as free and fair by international observers.

“These elections represent the strength of the democratic process in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and are a testament to the commitment of the people in Artsakh to the Republic’s sovereignty.  As Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus I am committed to promoting the democratic independence of Nagorno Karabakh and will continue to support the rightful exercise of self-determination which contributes to regional stability and development,” Said Pallone

"I commend the people of Nagorno-Karabakh for holding peaceful and honest elections. Throughout the years we have seen a trend of its electoral system working in proper fashion and the most recent election maintains that precedent. Voting embodies a functioning democracy, I applaud all in Nagorno-Karabakh for putting democracy into action,” said Royce


Ray Zaccaro