GLENDALE — On November 26 2013, a delegation representing the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party headed by Central Committee Board member Dr. Harry Sarafian, S.D.H.P. Western U.S.A Executive Committee members; Chairman Mr. Gabriel Moloyan; Mr. Suren Khudanyan, and Massis Weekly Editor in Chief, Dr. Arshag Kazanjian held a meeting with the President of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh Mr. Bako Sahakyan.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. David Babayan; Presidential Press Spokesman for the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Robert Avetisyan, the United States Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, newly appointed Consul General of the Republic of Armenia to Los Angeles, Mr. Sergey Sarkisov, and Assistant Consul Mr. Artak Galstyan.

Over the course of the meeting various issues were discussed, chief among them were the strategically important construction of the Vardenis-Martakert Highway, Armenia’s recognition of the independence of Artsakh, cooperation between Artsakh and Diaspora, as well as current issues and challenges to Artsakh and the region.

President Sahakyan expressed his gratitude to the party for continuous support shown to Artsakh, and for active work in preservation of the Armenian national identity abroad.

Regarding the proposed union of Armenia to the Russian led Customs Union, the President stated “this is not in any way a form of pressure from Russia, but rather the economic implementation that will result in a sharp increase in State revenues.”

The meeting concluded with the S.D.H.P. delegation wishing the President continued success and the continual economic and strategic development of Artsakh.

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