The Hawaii State Legislature adopted a resolution on Tuesday recognizing the Independence of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

HR 167 titled Honoring and Recognizing the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic resolves that the House of Representatives of the Twenty-eight Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2016, recognizes the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and encourages the international community to recognize Karabakh as a free, independent and sovereign democracy.

David Babayan, Spokesman for the NKR President stated that the resolution adopted by Hawaii State Legislature is one more significant step in international recognition of independent Artsakh, which is a victory of the Armenian people.

According to him, it is a great political, legal and moral victory, which stems from national values and special respect for Artsakh.

“We believe that it is one more significant victory of the Armenian people and one more significant step in international recognition of independent Artsakh. It is our common victory as it has been built up due to our unity – Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora,” Mr Babayan said.

“It is noteworthy that the State of Hawaii is the first to recognize independent Artsakh in that geographical area, and this is a great event, indeed.” Babayan  stated.

Hawaii is the seventh U.S. state to have recognized the independence of the NKR following Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Maine, California, Georgia.

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