Karabakh Movement Anniversary Marked

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–February 20 was declared "Revival Day" in Karabakh–marking the day when the Soviet of People’s Deputies of the Karabakh Autonomous Republic adopted a decision of reunification with Armenia.

Feb. 20–1988 marked the beginning of a new stage in the national-liberation struggle of the people of Karabakh for self-determination–based on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights–Ashot Sargssian–chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Karabakh’s National Assembly said.

Sargssian emphasized that on all stages the struggle was led within the law and in strict conformity with international legal standards. The events of the past nine years–which indeed have historical significance–served to revive the idea of unity of the Armenian people–whose consolidation should play a decisive part in the struggle of the people of Karabakh in achieving their goals.

The anniversary of the Karabakh struggle was also marked with a special cultural event at Stepanakert’s Youth Palace Thursday.

Speaking at the event were Karabakh parliament speaker Artur Tovmassian–Major Garegin Ghazarian–deputy commander of the Karabakh armed forces–and chairman of the Karabakh Writers’ Union Vartan Hakopian. A moment of silence was observed at the request of Major Ghazarian in memory of all those that lost their lives in the nine-year Karabakh liberation struggle.

Karabakh’s Minister of Culture Armen Sargsian served as master of ceremonies.

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