WATERTOWN, Mass.—The NKR Permanent Representative in the U.S. Robert Avetisyan visited Cafe Anoush at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center on Aug. 9, and spent an hour talking with community members and representatives of various Armenian organizations active in the Boston area.
Robert Avetisyan was in Boston for a course at Tufts University and despite his tight schedule, he made time to visit Cafe Anoush, where over 150 members of the community were having dinner. Father Raphael Andonian, pastor of the Armenian Catholic Holy Cross Church in Belmont, members of the Armenian Relief Society chapters in Watertown and Cambridge, Homenetmen, the ACEC board, St. Stephens Saturday School board and principal, ARF Boston “Sardarabad” Gomideh were among the community leaders present at the gathering.
Avetisyan congratulated the community for the resolution passed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives recognizing the independence of the Nakorno Karabagh Republic. In his remarks, Avetisyan stressed that this resolution goes beyond recognition, because it passes a message to the Armenians living in Karabagh that Armenians in the Diaspora did not only stand with them in war but are continuing to stand with them in peace, supporting the development of the country, strengthening its independence and the democratic traditions it has already embraced. Mr. Avetisyan underlined that the Massachusetts House Resolution is also a strong message to the Azerbaijani authorities that Armenians all over the world are continuing to relentlessly support and back the Nakorno Karabagh Republic.