WASHINGTON, DC: The predominantly Christian Armenian Republic of Artsakh received special, week-long attention recently when H.E. Bako Sahakyan, the president of the Republic, visited Washington.
After a private dinner at the University Club for over 100 guests, the President for the small Republic, squeezed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, graciously thanked his host, The Armenian Assembly of America, for “its significant contribution in restoring and developing the economy, science, culture, and social spheres of Artsakh.”
“The Republic’s struggle for independence,” Joe David, author of The Infidels, said, “hasn’t been an easy one. The state, which extends back to the Fifth Century BC, has faced many hurdles. In recent years, its most turbulent one has been the ongoing conflict initiated by its Muslim neighbors to the east, the Azerbaijani.”
In 1921, Joseph Stalin annexed the Armenian state and made it part of Azerbaijan, which it had remained until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. Unfortunately, Azerbaijan has refused to recognize Artsakh’s independence. During the President’s visit to Capitol Hill, it was very reassuring when Adam Schiff (D-CA) told the president and his delegation, “I know first-hand the courage and resilience of your people. Along with my colleagues in the Caucus and throughout the Congress, I stand with them in support.” – Joe David