NKR PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO US ROBERT AVETISYAN TO SPEAK AT ‘ANC GRASSROOTS’ WORKSHOP ON KARABAKH SELF-DETERMINATION
22:08, October 10, 2011
GLENDALE, Calif.-The Armenian National Committee – Western Region
(ANC-WR) has announced that Robert Avetisyan, the Permanent
Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, will serve as a
panelist in “Homeland and the Diaspora: From Challenges to solutions,”
which will cover the self-determination movements in Karabakh and
Javakhk, as well as how the Armenian Diaspora can continue to play a
significant role in the democratization of Armenia and the region. The
presentation is part of the ANC Grassroots weekend that will take
place from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27, 2011, at the
Sheraton Universal Hotel.
Avetisyan will discuss the history of the Karabakh conflict, legal and
humanitarian aspects of the creation of the Nargorno-Karabakh Republic,
the war unleashed by Azerbaijan, the negotiation process, as well as
the current situation in Karabakh and in the region in general.
“Since proclaiming independence in 1991, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
continues building a stable, open and democratic society; a state,
which can protect its population and provide them with the universal
rights and freedoms. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan keeps on increasing its
military rhetoric, constantly stating of its plans to solve the
problem by force,” Avetisyan said earlier this year during a speech
marking the 23rd anniversary of the Karabakh liberation movement.
“Only a civilized, just and comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh
conflict will promote the stability in the whole region and prevent
Karabakh has maintained an office in Washington, D.C. since 1997.
Avetisyan began working in the NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in 1999, where he served in a number of analytical and political
departments. In 2006, Avetisyan completed a special course at the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2008,
he was appointed Counselor of the NKR Permanent Representation in
the United States. In February 2009, NKR President Bako Sahakyan
appointed Avetisyan to his current post.
Since his appointment, Avetisyan has continuously affirmed Karabakh’s
commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict with
Azerbaijan, and has maintained that the recognition of Karabakh’s
independence neither violates the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,
nor threatens its existence.
The three-day ANC Grassroots program is a groundbreaking weekend of
workshops and panel presentations that will educate the community about
civic leadership arising from grassroots efforts. ANC Grassroots will
bookend the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region
(ANCA-WR) Annual Banquet, which will take place on Saturday, November
26 at 7 p.m.
ANC Grassroots and the Annual Banquet are open to interested
individuals throughout the entire United States, and participants
are encouraged to register early.
Tickets for ANC Grassroots, which includes the Friday night cocktail
in the Starview Room; as well as conference sessions on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, which include breakfast, post-banquet dance,
and a keynote luncheon on Sunday, are $150. Tickets for the Annual
Banquet are $200. Those interested in attending the Annual Banquet
and ANC Grassroots can purchase a package for $300.
Students with valid ID can purchase discounted tickets to the Annual
Banquet and Conference.
The Armenian National Committee – Western Region is the largest
Armenian American grassroots community organization in the Western
United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices,
chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and
affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR works to
promote understanding regarding issues of concern to the Armenian