YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An extensive range of celebrations ended on Sunday in Karabakh–celebrating the tenth anniversary of Karabakh’s independence from Azerbaijan. Karabakh declared its independence on September 2–1991 following Azerbaijan’s secession from the Soviet Union. The war between Azerbaijan and Karabakh ended in May 1994 after they agreed on a cease-fire. Catholicos Karekin II and other dignitaries from Armenia attended the celebrations
"Ten years ago the people of Artsakh had the opportunity to realize its historical choice of freedom–independence and democracy." Armenia’s President Robert Kocharian made this statement in his message to Karabakh President Arkady Ghukassian celebrating the 10th anniversary of declaration of independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The message also says that "adherence to the principles of freedom and democratic values and the ongoing comprehensive reforms have been born and will yet bear their abundant fruits. Supporting the principle of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict–Armenia’s authorities are exerting consistent efforts towards a fair solution to the problem."
Armenian Prime Minister Adranik Margarian also congratulated Karabakh saying–"Ten years ago–on September 2–1991–by declaring independence–the freedom-loving people of Artsakh confirmed its right to independence in its historical motherland–the right to live in freedom–the will and determination to build an independent state by themselves."
According to Margarian–"the past ten years testify to the fact that the people of Artsakh are determined to preserve the achievemen’s gained at the cost of their sons’ blood–despite domestic and external problems. Strengthening its army and defense–the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is simultaneously committed to the a peaceful settlement of the conflict."