Kocharian in Karabakh to Mark Shoushi Liberation Anniversary

YEREVAN, STEPANAKER (Combined Sources)–The 15-th anniversary of the liberation of Shoushi and the Victory and Peace Day were celebrated Wednesday in Stepanakert with a military parade and other festivities. Armenian president Robert Kocharian traveled to Stepanakert to take part in the festivities together with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Arkady Ghoukassian. The parade was watched by hundreds of Diaspora Armenia’s who arrived in Karabakh to join local residents in celebration of Victory Day. In his welcoming remarks Ghoukassian emphasized the strong and decisive will of the people who achieved the victories, the capacity to unite and assemble. The President mentioned that the men, who were heroically fighting in distant fronts, were realizing that they were defending their native land as well. Decades after that, volunteers from Karabakh, Armenia and Diaspora achieved victory for Artsakh in the struggle for the independence of Nagorno Karabakh. On May 9 we are also celebrating the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Armed Forces Day, said Ghoukassian, who assessed that with its military efficiency and order the Army is exemplary in the region. It is the Army that became a strong and reliable guarantor of independence of our people and state, the President stated. Fifteen years is just a moment in the longstanding Armenian history, but it was enough to build our sovereign state, permanently feeling the kind support from the homeland and the Diaspora. This safeguarded the liberation of Shoushi, which reinforced our will, hope and faith, stated Ghoukassian. The president said that the Nagorno Karabakh Republic would remain committed to the principles of freedom, independence and democracy. We are the masters of our destiny and the right for the last word in determining our future belongs to us. Many of the sons of the Armenian nation made a significant contribution to the victory in the Great Patriotic War. Conclusion of the World War II and the establishment of peace were vital for Armenia’since they provided new, broader opportunities for the advancement and multifaceted development of our Republic, said Kocharian. Victory Day acquired a new meaning on May 9, 1992 with the liberation of Shoushi. This double holiday signifies the determination and will of our people to protect its dignity, security and the right to live and progress freely, added Kocharian We know all too well the price of victory and peace. And we also see their fruits. Therefore, we remain committed to the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. It must be anchored on the irreversible reality of the existence of the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, concluded Kocharian

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