President Gran’s Government Awards to Military Officials and Soldiers

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian issued decrees on June 16 and September 18 awarding medals and orders to a number of officials of the Ministry of Defense–Ministry of National Security and Ministry of the Interior–as well as to soldiers for displaying selflessness and courage in defending the state borders of the Republic of Armenia.

The President presented the awards Thursday–reported the presidential news agency.

The president said that the Ministry of Defense–Ministry of National Security and Ministry of the Interior are the structures ensuring the security of and defending the Republic of Armenia and its citizens. The president stressed that well-organized activities of these structures are the pledge of independence for Armenia–which is in transition and is situated in a multi-problem region. According to Kocharian–under similar conditions no country would be able to retain its independence without efficient structures.

Congratulating the recipients and wishing them success in their daily work–Kocharian expressed optimism that these awards are not the last–and the cooperation will bring good results. The president is convinced that the recipients’ devotion to their motherland and sense of duty will serve as an example to others.

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