STEPANAKERT (Panorama.am) — President Arayik Harutyunyan of the Artsakh Republic issued a message on Victory Day, the 31st anniversary of the Artsakh Defense Army and the Liberation of Shushi marked on May 9.
He wrote, “May 9 is one of the most glorious pages in the history of the Armenian people. The victory of our grandfathers along with other peoples in the Great Patriotic War, the formation of the Artsakh Republic Defense Army, the Liberation of Shushi are the unforgettable victories that rightly made that day a symbol of national pride,” he wrote.
“First of all, I want to bow my head to the holy memory of all our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the defense of the Motherland at different times, as well as to the merits of living heroes. Their feats of bravery are immortal and will always be a bright example of patriotism and selflessness for future generations,” he noted.
“The aspirations of the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem are not new for us. We know this well, as well as the strength and power of the unity of the Armenian people. … Today again, national unity has become the imperative of the day. We have no right to hesitate or step back. There is only one way. Artsakh was, is and should be Armenian, with the free will of its people and the right and determination to manage their own destiny,” he added.
A wreath was laid at the Yerablur Military Pantheon in Yerevan on behalf of Armenia’s third President Serzh Sargsyan marking the occasion.
“The wreath was laid at the memorial which immortalizes the heroic deeds of those who gave their lives for freedom and independence of Fatherland,” it said in a statement.