New South Wales Recognizes Independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

The Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh and the right to self-determination of its Armenian people, who declared independence 20 years ago.

The motion, which was unanimously adopted on Thursday 25th October, comes after many months of advocacy from the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia). It was introduced to the Chamber by the Hon. Marie Ficarra MLC, who was been a long-standing supporter of Armenian issues.

The motion acknowledges the 20th anniversary of independence for the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, it supports the right to self-determination of its people, and it “calls on the Commonwealth Government [of Australia] to officially recognize the independence of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh and strengthen Australia’s relationship with the Nagorno Karabakh and its citizens”.

ANC Australia Executive Director Vache Kahramanian and with Communications Director Haig Kayserian were present in the Gallery to witness the successful passage of this historic motion.

“Nagorno Karabakh has been at the forefront of ANC Australia’s recent activities. Today’s result is a victory for all those who continue to remain oppressed under brutal regimes,” Kahramanian remarked.

“The NSW Parliament has always been, and continues to be, a beacon of hope in upholding human rights. We thank all members of the Legislative Council for taking a stance to uphold the basic human right to self-determination. In particular we thank Marie Ficarra for her courageous stance.”

ANC Australia Honorary Chairman, Greg Soghomonian welcomed this historic decision.

Soghomonian said: “The Republic of Nagorno Karabakh is now receiving the status it has long deserved – an independent, democratic republic. This is a significant milestone for the Armenian-Australian community and the Armenian community at large.

He added: “This motion serves as a testament to the strength of the Armenian National Committee of Australia in ensuring the representation of all issues of importance to our community.”

The full text of the motion can be read below.

1. That this House notes that 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of the declaration of independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

2. That this House:

(a)  acknowledges the importance of the basic human right to self-determination and a free and a democratic society,

(b)  recognizes the right to self-determination of all peoples including those of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh,

(c)  notes Nagorno-Karabakh’s sustained efforts towards creating a free and democratic society through the use of legitimate parliamentary elections and its continued efforts to develop a responsible government,

(d)  supports and encourages Nagorno-Karabakh’s involvement within the international community and further encourages its engagement with the international community to reach a solution to the existing regional problems to establish peace and stability,

(e)  encourages peaceful relations and the continued promotion of humanitarian and economic support for the people of Nagorno-Karabakh; and

(f)  calls on the Commonwealth Government to officially recognise the independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and strengthen Australia’s relationship with the Nagorno-Karabakh and its citizens.

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4 thoughts on “New South Wales Recognizes Independence of Nagorno-Karabakh”

    1. God help people like you. I’m exhausted from telling and retelling the truth about what occurred in those days. I don’t know the individuals you defame in this particular article, but in general, you seem to believe lies and incorrect allegations, left right and center. I would greatly appreciate not discounting my own family history as being a lie, especially considering that on my dad’s side, I’m 2nd generation survivor. I know what they went through, I know what we lost and I know the trials and tribulations those poor individuals who often didn’t even know Armenian had to endure. You name what occurred a lie, a mere fabrication, a figment of our imaginations. I find that disgusting. You speak about Armenian terror on your page, and put up pictures of our fedayees. Those groups were created to counter the Hamidian massacres, to fight the same bloody sultan the young Turks overthrew with the help of the Armenian and Balkan freedom fighters. Those same Young Turks then turned on the very organizations which helped them achieve their goals and put them in power. I do not doubt that innocents were killed amongst the Turks either. If ANYONE dared to try to harm my family, I’d go down taking as many of them with me as well. I’d probably LEAD the groups who protected the innocent from harm.

      Before you flame fedayees again, I should also point out that the rules, with a penalty of death, included 1.) Never harm a woman or child 2.) never rape or pillage 3.) never kill unless a threat threatened or to protect another 4.) never leave a man behind 5.) never kill in cold blood.

      These rules were followed 99% of the time. Even in songs depicting battles, we sing of the women and children being left alive even when vengeance was reaped against whole clans of Kurds and Turks.

      You are speaking to one who not only knows a vast amount of details, but enjoys delving into the psychology of the situation. Throw at me any argument and I will either counter or agree and amend it to embody the truth.

      If you deny the genocide, I believe you also deny every other genocide commited, from the cambodians to the jews to the rwandans to the current sudanese. I mean, there’s no proof that they existed or exist to this day either, right?

      1. I see like that like all Armenians you have found it convenient to jump on the bandwagon of Holocaust without reading your own history and ignoring the participation of the Armenians in Hitler’s extermination of the Jews. General Drastamat Kanayan aka General Dro the Commander of Hitler’s 812th Armenische Legion, was the 1st defence minister of the ill fated Republic of Armenia, and is the namefather of your Tro Gomide’s. Armenia has since instituted a state medal in honour of his name. One wonders how without feeling any shame or guilt – the Armenian propagandists today can ask the support and sympathy of the world Jewish community. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenische_Legion

      2. And shall we deny that the Holocaust existed because Hitler was apparently part Jewish himself, conspiracy theories exist about the Holocaust being staged by the Salonican Jews and because many Jewish individuals are even currently in charge of the destruction of half the world? So you won’t recognize the existence of a genocide that went unpunished, and through the lack of punishment, led to the killings of not just the Jews in WW2 mind you, but MANY other minorities. Furthermore, Talaat, Enver and Jemal, along with many other heads of state, were indeed Jewish. Should we not feel for the dead because those who killed us were in part Jews? Should we hate your people, whose roots are a combination of Armenoid and Semitic who later came up into these areas and adopted the existing religions, revamping as your own? You tell me, my dear.

        General Tro was one of the fedayees that fought tooth and limb to protect our people. He is a decorated hero for that reason. My grandfather was a survivor. My family lost everything in the genocide. Tro was part of the Armenian legion fighting alongside the Germans, in Crimea, against Russia. Know why? Communissm had taken over Armenia. Not to kill Jews, not to kill innocents, but to fight against the oppressive regime that had expelled the Tashnags, the giverning party for 2 years.

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