by Ashot Safaryan
The United States Embassy in Baku issued a statement regarding the California State Senate's Assembly Joint Resolution 32, which recognized the independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. The US Embassy statement reads:
"Recent media reports have discussed a resolution by the California State Senate on the subject of Nagorno-Karabakh. U.S. Foreign Policy is determined by the federal government. States are free to express their opinions, but those opinions do not represent national foreign policy. The resolution passed by the California State Senate regarding Nagorno- Karabakh is an expression of opinion by a state legislative body and does not change U.S. foreign policy on the matter."
On August 27, the California State Senate voted unanimously (23-0) to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 32, recognizing the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh as a sovereign state. AJR 32 calls on the President and Congress of the US to support the self-determination and independence of Karabakh.