Armenian National Committee of Canada.

Armenian National Committee of Canada.

February 22, 2011 02:04 ET

ANCC/Media Advisory: Mountainous-Karabakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2011) - After Kosovo, South Sudan, the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh seeks recognition of its self-determination referendum

What: Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgi Petrosyan, visits Canada.
When: February 17-24, 2011.
Where:  Live interview availability in Toronto and Montreal. Phone or internet interview availability throughout Canada.
Who: Contact ANCC Executive Director, Mr. R. Roupen Kouyoumdjian at (514) 265-4602 or
Details: NKR Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgi Petrosyan, was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic by the NKR President's decree on December 26, 2006. This is his first visit to Canada, where he will be meeting with members of the Canadian-Armenian community in Toronto, Cambridge, Ottawa, Montreal and Laval.

The Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) has been a de facto independent state since 1991, following a public referendum. The territory had been annexed artificially to the SSR Azerbaijan as an autonomous region since 1921 by the divisive policy of Stalin. That annexation was never accepted by the population of the region, predominantly Armenian, and the enmity invited constant pogroms towards the ethnic Armenians by the Azeri authorities. During the process of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the untenable situation culminated in a massive revolt, the violent suppression of which resulted in a full-scale war between Azerbaijan and the Armenians, leading to the creation of the present NKR. 

Like Kosovo and Southern Sudan, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic seeks international recognition of its self-determination referendum for independence.

The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues.

Contact Information

  • Armenian National Committee of Canada
    R. Roupen Kouyoumdjian (B.Sc., M.Sc.)