March 5, 2021 - 10:43 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Burbank City Council has unanimously voted to recognize Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) as an independent republic and at the same time rescinded the Burbank-Hadrut Friendship City status while the city remains under the illegal Azerbaijani occupation, Azbarez reports.
The Armenian National Committee of America Burbank chapter—representing the policy priorities of the city’s Armenian-American residents—has been advocating for the recognition of Artsakh Republic for months going back to the Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression against Armenia and Artsakh in September 2020.
“The Burbank City Council took the difficult but necessary step of rescinding the official Friendship City status of Hadrut, and requested a resolution be brought back for further consideration to recognize the independent Republic of Artsakh. We deeply value the community input we received, and support our community members of Armenian heritage while hoping that peacekeeping efforts will lead to lasting stability in the Artsakh region,” remarked Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos.
“This was long overdue, we did the right thing by passing these two resolutions and sending a clear message that we will always stand up for the Armenian people and their right to freedom and self-determination which are ideals we live by here in Burbank. ANCA Burbank efforts in supporting the Armenian Community and Burbank in general are always valued and appreciated,” said Burbank Vice-Mayor Jess Talamantes.
The Armenian National Committee of America – Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian community and promotes its increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.