Los Angeles Friendship Park Opens in Shushi

LA City Councilman Paul Krikorian and Shushi Mayor Artsvik Sarksyan unveil a sign at Los Angeles Friendship Park in Shushi

SHUSHI—A Los Angeles City Council and California State Assembly delegation visiting the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic attended a ceremony Monday to inaugurate the Los Angeles Friendship Park in Shushi that boasts a statue of an angel—a symbol of the two cities—reported the Artsakh Foreign Ministry.

Residents of Shushi, as well as city officials there flocked to the park for the opening ceremony.

In his remarks, City Councilman Paul Krekorian emphasized the importance of expanding and strengthening relations with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the city of Shushi.

Also speaking at the event was Shushi regional governor Vladimir Kassian and Shushi Mayor Artsvik Sarksyan.

The delegation of state and local officials from California, who are being accompanied by leaders of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region,  on Sunday arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, where they were greeted by the President Bako Sahakian and other cabinet members.

During a meeting at the presidential office, the sides discussed strengthening of relations between the State of California and Artsakh, specifically within the economic and cultural spheres as well as to development of democratic institutions.

Sahakian stressed that the Nagono-Karabakh Republic  was interested in expanding cooperation with California

On Monday, the delegation visited the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Parliament, where Speaker Ashot Ghulian hosted the delegation.

Issues related to the resolution of the Karabakh conflict were discussed, as were strengthening cooperation with legislative entities in California.

The delegation includes Assemblymembers Katcho Achajian, Cheryl R. Brown, Adrin Nazarian and Scott Wilk. A Los Angeles City Council delegation also visiting Armenia includes Bob Blumenfield and Paul Krekorian and staff.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region played a key role in organizing the delegation visit to Armenia and was represented by its board chairwoman Nora Hovsepian and Executive Director Elen Asatryan.


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  1. Alec Baghdasaryan said:

    Thank you Paul for the Friendship City Resolution linking the cities of Los Angeles and Shushi. Looking forward to upcoming joint projects straightening this tie.

  2. GB said:

    The names of these “poor” American visitors will be written in Sultan’s black book!!

  3. The Trurth said:

    This is funny many rude officials in Azerbaijan Khanat were complaining again to Iranian officials about Iran- Armenian ties. The answer of Iranian officials were just and prompt: They told all these rude officials in Baku the truth this was : many US States have already recognize NKR and still US is your best friend , so what are you talking about!? – this means- Azerbaijani go to the hell with your dirty propaganda !

  4. herayer said:

    shushi was in ruins now it is a shining star for the people of artshkh all they want is to be left alone and live in peace and free as Armenians. Armenians always want to build not destroy.