October 7, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elen Asatryan
tel: (818) 500-1918

Denver, Colorado Recognizes Artsakh in Proclamation on Armenian Independence

Denver, Colorado – Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock has officially proclaimed September 21, 2016 as “Armenian Independence Day” for the “the Armenian homeland of Armenia and Artsakh,” reports the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR).

“Denver’s celebration of the Armenian homeland and recognition of Artsakh’s ongoing struggle against aggression is a testament to the firm dedication of Armenian American grassroots in the Mile High City and the State of Colorado to raise awareness about human rights issues, including Azerbaijan’s April 2016 anti-Armenian war crimes,” remarked ANCA-WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan. “We thank the Hancock administration for their unwavering support of universal human rights, including recognizing Artsakh’s independence and ongoing struggle to preserve its ancient Christian heritage and protect its freedom-loving indigenous Armenian population against an army that wipes out medieval monuments and tortures civilians and soldiers alike,” continued Asatryan.

The proclamation notes that “the Denver Metro Area is home to thousands of productive and patriotic Armenian Americans who have enriched our city for many decades,” and that “the Republic of Artsakh continues the monumental struggle to maintain its indigenous Armenian identity, preserve medieval monuments and secure its borders against war crimes.” Mayor Hancock’s Proclamation notes ANCA-WR’s “commit[ment] to advancing issues of concern to the Armenian community,” and “congratulates the Armenian community on their commitment to their heritage, their engagement in their new homeland and their ability to survive and thrive despite the challenges.”

The Washington, D.C.-based US Office of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic also thanked the City and County of Denver, as well as the area’s vibrant Armenian American community for celebrating the Armenian homeland’s 25thindependence anniversary. “We are grateful to Mayor Hancock and to the people of Denver for marking and celebrating this important anniversary.  For over a quarter of a century Artsakh has been living as a sovereign democracy and remains resolute to continue protecting its choice for freedom.  We are grateful for this support and look forward to continued cooperation.  I also want to thank the ANCA-WR for their steadfast efforts towards rais

DENVER, CO. - JULY 11: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock delivers his State of the City address from the outdoor plaza at Denver International Airport on Monday, July 11, 2016. (Photo By Kathryn Scott/Special to The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO. – JULY 11: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. (Photo By Kathryn Scott/Special to The Denver Post

ing awareness about our nation’s common struggle for the security and prosperity of independent Artsakh,” remarked Robert Avetisyan, Permanent Representative of Artsakh to the United States.

Mr. Avetisyan also thanked ANCA-Colorado and the ANCA-WR Regional Office in Denver for their ongoing support of Artsakh that builds on community-wide successes such as the April 24, 2015 unveiling of the Armenians of Colorado-sponsored Colorado State Capitol Armenian Genocide Monument – a replica of one of the 2,000 medieval Djulfa khachkars demolished by the Azerbaijani army.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.