Nagorno-Karabagh forum to be held in Uruguay

By The Armenian Weekly | Wednesday, 31 August 2016

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Agencia Prensa Armenia)—The Nagorno-Karabagh Forum will be held in Uruguay on Sept. 2, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh (NKR/Artsakh).

The Nagorno-Karabagh Forum will be held in Uruguay on Sept. 2, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh.

“The Nagorno-Karabagh Forum in Uruguay is a space composed of social activists, academics, and legislators that aims to enrich and promote the country’s position of support for a peaceful resolution in the conflict involving the Republics of Nagorno-Karabagh and Azerbaijan since the collapse of the Soviet Union, which threatens the stability of the entire South Caucasus,” said the Armenian National Committee of Uruguay, the organizers of the initiative.

According to the organizers, the members of the forum will develop and publish investigations and organize discussions on issues pertaining to Nagorno-Karabagh.

The forum, which is also sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia, will be attended by Robert Avedisyan, Permanent Representative of the NKR to the United States, who will read a message sent by President Bako Sahakyan supporting the initiative.

Other participants include Senator Rafael Michelini, Senator Ruben Martinez Huelmo, Deputy Daniel Radio, Deputy Susana Pereyra, Deputy Pablo Abdala, Belela Herrera, the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Historian Gerardo Caetano, and Oscar Lopez Goldaracena, a lawyer and human rights specialist.

“This forum is a contribution to the understanding and the search for a peaceful solution from the South American region,” said Alfonso Tabakian, Director of the Armenian National Committee of South America. “We are convinced that given the solidarity and democratic characteristics of the Uruguayan people, they will support the struggle for the sovereignty of the people of Nagorno-Karabagh when they learn about the issue.”

On Jan. 4, 2015, the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry issued a statement pleading for international recognition of Nagorno-Karabagh and its right to self-determination.