On February 10, 2022, the CA State Senate passed ACR 105, a resolution backed by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR), that establishes a sister-state relationship between the State of California and the Province of Syunik. The resolution is jointly authored by 15 assembly members, including Adrin Nazarian and 62 California legislators.
The resolution declares California’s solidarity with Syunik—the southernmost province in Armenia—and will facilitate mutually beneficial educational, economic and cultural exchanges.
“At such a critical time when Syunik’s sovereignty is at great risk under the grave threats posed by Azerbaijan and Turkey, this bold move by the State of California is a declaration of solidarity which in turn will help the people of Armenia to stand strong against the ongoing threats they face from aggressive Azeri and Turkish actors in the region”, remarked Nora Hovsepian, chair of the ANCA-WR.
Syunik is home to the Armenian Stonehenge, Karahunj, that dates back to the bronze age; the Ughtasar Mountain petroglyphs that are 7,000 years old; the ninth century Tatev Monastery that served as a center of scholastic and spiritual activity. The most populated town in the province is its capital Kapan with 43,000 residents.