R 256
2018 -- H 8211
Enacted 05/17/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Kazarian, Mattiello, Shekarchi, O'Brien, and Amore
Date Introduced: May 17, 2018

     WHEREAS, The Republic of Artsakh, also known as the Nagorno Karabakh Republic,
has historically been Armenian territory, populated by an overwhelming majority of Armenians,
which was illegally severed from Armenia by the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1921, and
placed under the newly created Soviet Azerbaijani administration; and
     WHEREAS, Throughout the Soviet Azerbaijani dominance, the population of Artsakh
resisted oppression and discrimination, and sought reunification with Armenia; and
     WHEREAS, February 20, 1988, marked resumption of the national liberation movement
in Artsakh, which legally appealed for reunification with Armenia, inspiring peoples throughout
the Soviet empire to stand up for their rights and freedoms, and helping to bring democracy to
millions and contributing to world peace; and
     WHEREAS, Azerbaijan responded to Artsakh's appeal with violent atrocities and
massacres against the Armenian population in the cities of Sumgayit in February of 1988,
Kirovabad in November of 1988, Baku in January of 1990, as well as in the village of Maragha in
April of 1992, and in other settlements, killing tens of thousands of people and forcing an
estimated 400,000 Armenians out of their homes; and
     WHEREAS, Tens of thousands of Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan found shelter
across the United States, including thousands of our current compatriots in the State of Rhode
Island; and
     WHEREAS, Despite Azerbaijan's aggression, Artsakh continued its path towards a
sovereign democracy; and
     WHEREAS, Baku continues to instigate anti-Armenian sentiments, and refuses to
implement US-backed measures aimed at strengthening regional peace and stability by lowering
tension along the border between Artsakh and Azerbaijan; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the tragic events in Sumgayit; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby welcomes freedom aspirations of the Republic of
Artsakh to continue developing as a trustful member of the international community of nations;
and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby supports peaceful initiatives by the United States
government and other international mediators called to promote final peace between Artsakh and
Azerbaijan; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Rhode
Island Congressional Delegation, and the United States Department of State.