The Governmental Relations Office of the Diocese has tonight learned that the President of Nagorno Karabakh, His Excellency Bako Sahakyan, has signed a presidential decree appointing Mr. Robert Avetisyan as permanent representative of the Republic of Artsakh to Canada, which will add to his current responsibilities in the United States of America.

Mr. Avetisyan was born in 1978, in the capital city of Stepanakert, NKR. In 1999, he graduated from the Artsakh State University to begin working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic where he served in different positions of the Ministry’s analytical and political departments. In 2006, Mr. Avetisyan completed specialized courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA and in 2008; he was appointed Counselor of the NKR Permanent Representation in the United States. In February 2009, by Decree of the NKR President Bako Sahakyan, Robert Avetisyan was appointed Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the United States.

His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate heartily commends this decision, and extends the full support of the Diocese to Mr. Avetisyan for a successful mission in Canada. On behalf of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada, the Diocesan Council, the clergy and all the faithful, we offer sincere congratulations to Mr. Avetisyan and look forward to welcome him upon his arrival to Canada.