Kocharian Addresses Nation on May 9th Victory

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–In a public statement released by the presidential media service on Friday–President Robert Kocharian offered well wishes to the Armenian nation on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the May 9th "victory over fascism" at the end of WWII. "During the second world war the Armenian nation performed commendably and contributed to the achievement of victory and restoration of peace," Kocharian said.

"Since 1992–May 9 has become more significant to the Armenian nation," the president said–adding–"With the victory in Shoushi–our nation expressed its determination to protect the homeland and live safely in its home–introducing a new bright page in our history."

"Today–we offer respect to the veterans of World War II and to the participants of the Karabakh liberation struggle," Kocharian stated.

Kocharian concluded his statement saying that he was sure that with the same determination the Armenian nation will maintain peace and work toward the strengthening of Armenia.

Prime Minister Armen Darbinian met with WWII veterans Wednesday and stressed that they had made an immeasurable contribution to the defense of Armenia and the patriotic education of many generations. Darbinian assured the veterans that their problems are of major concern for the government.

Darbinian pointed out that the government is working hard to pay wages and pensions on time. He emphasized the symbolic significance of the meeting–two days before the May 9 celebration of the sixth anniversary of liberation of Shoushi in Karabakh.

The prime minister said that serious work is being conducted by the National Assembly and the Ministry of Social Welfare to solve numerous veterans problems.

P.Boshnaghian–chairman of the Armenian Council of Veterans of War–Labor and Armed Forces–congratulated Darbinian on his recent appointment as Prime Minister and expressed the willingness of veterans to cooperate with the government. Issues regarding medical service and social assistance to veterans were raised during the meeting.

The prime minister presented veterans at the meeting with souvenirs from the government.

Also attending the meeting were Gegham Gharibjanian–chairperson of the parliamentary standing Committee on Social Issues–Public Health and Environmental Protection–as well as the Minister of Social Welfare Gagik Yeganian.

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