Karabakh Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Independence

A dance troupe performs and leaders, including presidents Sahakian and Sarkisian watch

STEPANAKERT—Festivities to mark the 20th anniversary of the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, kicked off Thursday with an official ceremony led by the country’s President Bako Sahakian and attended by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian.

The capital was filled with Karabakh residents, who had flocked there from different regions to mark this momentous occasion.

On hand were Karabakh war veterans, servicemen, as well as political, cultural, arts sports and media personalities who were awarded with Karabakh state medals on the occasion of the 20th anniversary.

In a message to the country, Sahakian emphasized the importance of Artsakh’s independence, detailing its historical importance and emphasizing the right to self-determination of the people of Karabakh.

“This is a celebration of the right to live free and safely in one’s own home, to raise children educating them with one’s own culture and religion. Neither the struggle and survival for centuries, nor the tyranny for decades and the persecution of Armenians could break our determination,” said President Sarkisian during his congratulatory remarks.

“The power called Azerbaijani Armed Forces was busy with massacres, destruction, robbery, ethnic cleansing, and annihilation of the peaceful population in front of the international community, said Sarkisian saying that Azeri oppression made people choose “life instead of death in order to celebrate victory today. Nagorno-Karabakh celebrates its 20 years of independence.”

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  1. Papken Hartunian said:

    I am fortunate enough to live and see the celeberation of 20th independency of Artsakh and her children.
    I congratualte our leaders for giving us free Artsakh for 20 years. I pray and if necessary I fight and I would make sure survive for protection of Artsakh and proper Armenia.
    My Artsakh live for ever!
    My Armenia live for ever.
    I love you beyond ever.
    I would be with you for beyond ever.

  2. Papken Hartunian said:

    I am fortunate enough to live and see the celeberation of 20th independency of Artsakh and her children.
    I congratualte our leaders for giving us free Artsakh for 20 years. I pray and if necessary I fight and I would make sure survive for protection of Artsakh and proper Armenia.
    My Artsakh live for ever!
    My Armenia live for ever.
    I love you beyond ever.
    God protect you beyond ever.

  3. Ishkhan said:

    CONGRATULATIONS
    Շնորհաւորում ենք Արցախի ազատուտյան 20-րորդ տարեդարձը: Վ ստահ ենք որ Արցախի ժողովուրդը եւ իր հերոս բանակը մշտական կպաշտպանի իր հայրենի հողը կառուցելով ազատ ու անկախ պետութիւն
    Սիրով Բաբաջանեան ընտանիք
    ԱՄՆ

    • Avery said:

      yes, for very long – for Artsakh.
      not for long for the fake, artificial country called ‘Azerbaijan’, that will break up into many little independent countries of the people that are living under the yoke of the Aliyev Clan: Tats, Talishes, Udins, Lezgins, Zakhors, Luitsis, Avars…

      Let’ see, what should the country of Lezgins be called, for example: Republic of Lezgia or Republic of Lezgistan ? Up to Lezgins really. After all its their own land.

    • Harut said:

      Azer you are a dreamer but thats ok its ok to dream, you remind me of a kid that stole his neihbours bicycle and than the kids daddy came and took he bicycle back, and you kept crying that the bicycle is yours and after few police investigatore came around from the bicycle police division and conducted their final investigation they told the kid that the bicycle does not belong to you it belongs to the rightfull owner, and than the kid ( could be you) started crying and walked away our and went back riding his donkey again, so you keep on dreaming as dreaming does not cost you a penny.

    • Parsik said:

      Hey Ishak khan, if you think 20 years is not long enough, then you must be a virtual world teenager talking big like grownups, come out off your room and see the real world!

    • ArdeVast Atheian said:

      Azer,
      Tell me when any such country as Azerbaijan was created and then when did Artsakh got to be part of it, may be that would would give us a clue on how did Artsakh got to be yours.
      You were planted on our right side to keep plucking our flesh from the right while the Turks kept plucking us from the left but that was when you and the Turks used to be on a very lucky streak.
      Reality has a way of catching up with these kinds of political aberrations and it does. Can you count on luck being there for you each time?

    • Grish Begian said:

      Of course when Persian get to their sober understanding, your beloved azerBYjan will join to Persian Azerbyjan, and there will be no more room for a turk like you to comment in our free newspapers, where your Sultanate boss horsey aliOFF putting people like you in the jail!!

    • Vacheh said:

      Seljuk Azer,

      Go for it. This time you and your ignorant leaders will receive an even harder slap on your face to realize that Artsakh will never submit itself to Turkish rule.

    • bayrakiniyakan said:

      I AM VICTORIOUS ARMENIAN FREEDOM FIGHTER (( FEDAYI )) TO THE END OF MY LIFE I WILL FIGHT
      AGAIN WHEN IT IS NEEDED !! AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS I AM CLONING HUNDREDS OF
      ARMENIAN YOUTH TO BE LIKE ME AND MUCH BETTER THAN ME ,,,THE STRUGGLE WILL CONTINUE FROM GENERATION TO THE NEXT GENERATION BECAUSE ARMENIA IS FOREVER UNTIL WE LIBERATE ALL HISTORICAL ARMENIAN LANDS !! TO OUR ALL ENEMY S I HAVE ONE MASSAGE ,,GIVE UP
      YOUR AGGRESSION AND LEARN TO LIVE IN PEACE WITH ARMENIA !! OR GIVE UP YOUR ASS !!
      HAPPY 20 TH INDEPENDENCE DAY UNTIL YOU UNITE WITH ARMENIA !!!

  4. Stepan said:

    The liberation of Karabakh is an inspiration to all Armenians that with faith and commitment our dreams come true. Long live Artsakh and a United Armenia!

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  6. hrayr kalantarian said:

    Please delete any negative posts for this great article. It’s simple, it makes sense to me. I don’t know you but most of the LA Armenians expect a legit level of news production from the name ASBAREZ. Maintain your level of trust for goodness sake. Thank you and enjoy your weekend. PS. If you need monitors, just create an article and ask. You will be surprised the level of support web users are willing to give. Mersi.

    PS. More pictures of Armenia please. Picture say a thousand words.

  7. hagop meldonian said:

    long live artsakh part of our armenian lands liberated proud of our martyrs

  8. Seervart said:

    Հազարապատիկ անգամ կը շնորհաւորեմ ազատ ու անկախ մեր Արցախը. հազար ապրին անմահական մեր Հայ ազգը ու անոր սիրասուն զաւակները:

  9. Seervart said:

    Long live our free Artsakh and our undying resilient nationality, may she live forever beyond the end of times!

  10. Elchin said:

    Azer dont even bother to talk these armenians, we slapped them hard in 1915 but still failed to teach them lesson…i guess next time we should send more ermenis to the desserts… Akh der e zor, vakh der e zor

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