South Australia after New South Wales became the second state in Australia to recognize the rights to self-determination of the Republic of Artsakh, condemning Azerbaijan and Turkey for their invasion of the country’s indigenous Armenians in a motion passed with a vote in the House of Assembly, reported the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU).
The motion follows one passed by the New South Wales Parliament’s Legislative Assembly in October 2020, and similarly “calls on the Federal Government to also recognize the Republic of Artsakh as the only permanent solution to the conflict to avoid further attempts of such military aggression”.
Member for West Torrens, the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP moved the historic motion, which also called out “the actions of President Erdogan of Turkey and President Aliyev of Azerbaijan in their pursuit of a policy of Pan-Turkish nationalism, which has previously led to genocide and which now threatens the Armenian population of Artsakh with ethnic cleansing”.
The House of Assembly considered a proposal to “adjourn the debate”, however, this was defeated by the casting vote of the Speaker. The debate resumed and resulted in a vote – without dissent – in favor of the motion.
ANC-AU Executive Director Haig Kayserian thanked the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia for its grassroots advocacy.
“We were proud to support members of Adelaide’s dedicated Armenian community for their tireless efforts on the ground, which have ensured South Australia’s parliament has joined a growing number of legislatures around the world supporting the legitimate rights to self-determination of the Republic of Artsakh,” said Kayserian.
In October 2020, The largest parliamentary chamber in the largest state of Australia, the New South Wales Legislative Assembly had officially recognized the independence of the Republic of Artsakh.
The motion, which also condemned the attacks by Azerbaijan and Turkey against the indigenous Armenians of Artsakh, passed 61 votes to 2 votes.
France’s National Assembly Recognizes Artsakh
Earlier, France’s National Assembly on Thursday 3-December 2020 in an almost unanimous vote passed a resolution recognizing Artsakh and condemning Azerbaijan and Turkey for their aggression against Armenia and Artsakh.
Earlier the French Senate on Wednesday 25-November 2020 recognized the independence of the Republic of Artsakh and condemned Turkey and Azerbaijan with a vote of 305 to 1, following an almost two-hour debate on the floor of the upper house of the French Parliament.
Some of the states in US calling for Recognition of Republic of Artsakh
Some of the U.S states; Rhode Island and Massachusetts (2012), Maine and Louisiana (2013), California (2014), Hawaii and Georgia (2016) has passed bills recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh republic.
Lawmakers in the U.S. state of Massachusetts passed a resolution calling on the then U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to “support the self-determination and democratic independence” of Nagorno-Karabakh, the predominantly ethnic-Armenian separatist enclave in Azerbaijan. The resolution, adopted on August 6, 2012 by the state’s House of Representatives, also commended de-facto presidential election of July 2012 in the territory as “another major step” in democratic development.
The Louisiana State Senate adopted a resolution, on 30-May 2013, saluting the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s independence and urging the U.S. President and Congress to support the self-determination and democratic independence of this developing democratic state, reported the Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).
The California State Senate, led by incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, by unanimous vote of 23-0, passed Assembly member Mike Gatto’s resolution, AJR 32, encouraging Artsakh’s (Nagorno Karabagh) continuing efforts to develop as a free and independent nation and formally calling upon the upon the President and Congress of the United States to support the self-determination and democratic independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, reported the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR).
Besides that 3 partially recognized non UN states Abkhazia (2006), South Ossetia and Transnistria have recognized Independence of Nagorno-Karabakh republic.
Points to Ponder
Will Other countries in the world recognize Republic of Artsakh as a Free and Independent country providing legal sanctity to the small region?
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