WASHINGTON, DC—On December 2, the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian National Committee and the Armenian Caucasus of the US House of Representatives celebrated the 23rd Anniversary of Artsakh’s independence, at the Rayburn House Building hall, with the presence of Speaker of the Republic Ashot Ghoulian, who was visiting the US, and the Ambassador of Armenia in the US Tigran Sargisian.
A dozen of representatives voiced their support and spoke during the celebration with strong messages of peace, freedom and self-determination of the people of Artsakh, along with Ghoulian, Sargisian also gave a very effective speech. Below are excerpts.
“I am very glad to note that the meetings in Congress devoted to the anniversary of Nagorno-Karabagh have become a tradition. When I looked through the records about the previous meetings, I noticed that, as a rule, all speeches delivered here have been inspired by the spirit of freedom and democracy. I believe that it is not accidental. The Congress of the United States is an institution, which was set up to serve the highest and the noblest aspirations of human civilization — cause of freedom and democracy.
I also noticed, however, that unfortunately there was another “tradition” here — the tradition of protesting against these meetings. Like in previous times the members of the Congress received letters urging them to refrain from attending today’s event.
Indeed the people who are protesting against this wonderful event are professing other values. I believe, therefore, that the very problem of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict can be epitomized by a single expression — a conflict of values. This conflict is not about a contradiction between two principles of international law — right for self-determination and territorial integrity — as presented by our opponents. It is about a fight between two opposing concepts of human dignity.