March 21
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday introduced by Representatives Fox, Mattiello, Corvese, McNamara, and Bennett that calls on the U.S. President and Congress to recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), the latter’s Office in Washington, DC informs.

The resolution also encouraged the republic’s "continued efforts to develop as a free and independent nation," and praised Nagorno-Karabakh’s "constructive involvement with the international community and its efforts to reach a lasting solution to the existing regional problems."

The resolution was voted on the House floor in the presence of NKR Representative and a delegation from the local Armenian community.

Almost concurrently, on U.S. Capitol Hill, Representatives James Langevin (D-R.I.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) made statements on the House floor in support of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), in turn, issued statements.

"It is more important than ever that the United States maintain a principled stand for peace in this region, show that democracy can be born from conflict, and support Nagorno-Karabakh," said Representative Langevin. "It is my sincerest hope that Nagorno-Karabakh’s right to self-determination can be affirmed without further loss of life."

"I join the people of Nagorno-Karabakh today in recognizing the 20th anniversary of their independence and the formation of the Republic’s Army, and the liberation of Shushi," said Representative Cicilline.

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