In connection with the 18th anniversary of the proclamation of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic co-chairs of the Armenian Caucus of the US Congress Frank Pallone and Mark Kirk sent a congratulatory letter to President Bako Sahakyan of the NKR. The letter runs as follows:
"We are writing to congratulate the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh and you on your 18th Anniversary of Independence. This historic day represents another important milestone in Nagorno Karabagh's path to freedom. On September 2, 1991 the people of Artsakh declared their intention to build a free and democratic state, and they have been steadfast in this mission.
The Nagorno Karabagh Republic, Artsakh has successfully promoted democracy and the right to self-determination. Your continued efforts to advance theses principals in the face of many challenges are admirable. We remain committed to supporting the restoration of Artsakh's war-torn economy, strengthening its democracy and creating a solid foundation for continued development and prosperity.
For the past 18 years, the Nagorno Karabagh Republic, Artsakh has Firmly upheld the universal values of freedom, peace and democracy. We appreciate your ongoing contribution to regional stability and assure you of our continued dedication to Artsakh's security and development.
We have stood with you along your path to liberty and we continue to join you in the call for formal international recognition of your independence. We look forward to the day when we can join you in celebration of the flag of an independent Artsakh proudly flying in capitals all over the world".