Mountainous Karabagh Celebrates 13th Year of Independence

STEPANAKERT (ARMENPRESS)–In a message delivered on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the independence of Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR)–President Arkady Ghukasian focused on steps being taken to advance the economic–social–and cultural development of the country.

While speaking about the progress made by the government–Ghukasian stated–"The recent municipal elections served to once more display the MKR population’s and government’s commitment to promoting and strengthening democracy in an effort to create a truly civil society."

Recognizing the important role assumed by the Armenian Diaspora in Karabagh’s reconstruction

Ghukasian said he is confident that the Diaspora will play even a more significant role in efforts to secure international recognition for MKR.

Ghukasian referred to the military exercises held this last August as proof that the country’s armed forces are willing and capable of defending themselves against foreign aggressors. He–nonetheless–moved on to confirm the government’s intention to seek a peaceful solution to the Mountainous Karabagh conflict.

Ghukasian concluded his message by stating–"No one can take away the freedom and independence–which have been gained through extreme sacrifice."

Several Armenian officials and dignitaries–including President Robert Kocharian and Prime Minister Andranik Margarian forwarded congratulatory messages to MKR–extending their support for the republic.

"The Mountainous Karabagh Republic is still devoted to the principle of a peaceful settlement it has adopted–but is resolute to resist any encroachment jeopardizing its self-governance. The heroic people of Karabagh must be confident that the Republic of Armenia and all the Armenian people are a reliable defender of their innermost dreams," stated Margarian’s message.

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