Azat Artsakh - Republic of Nagorno Karabakh (NKR)
May 1, 2004

ARMY-SOCIETY RELATIONSHIPS

On April 27 the meeting with the NKR minister of defence Seyran
Ohanian took place in the hall of Artsakh State University. At the
meeting which was organized according to the joint program of the NKR
ministries of culture and defence the vice minister of culture Slava
Asrian was present. ArSU rector Hamlet Grigorian addressed the
participants mentioning that the meeting organized on the eve of the
May holidays inspires us with the belief that the Defence Army of NKR
is in reliable hands. In the name of the commandment of the Defence
Army the minister of defence greeted the guests and mentioned that
meetings with the students are one of his important duties. At the
same time S. Ohanian mentioned that this meeting once again testifies
to the fact that the relationships army-society are becoming firmer.
In this reference the cooperation of the Defence Ministry with the
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is mainly directed at the
aim of educating the youth on the idea of patriotism. "The University
is a center where the basis is laid for science, creation,
progressive ideas. The University is a place where ideology is being
rooted. Here the youth is educated to continue the mission of the
senior generation, i.e. the Artsakh struggle and building of
statehood. The more knowledge the youth has, the more significant the
progress will be. Today the young people will be practically able to
link the past to the present and understand that the Armenian land
has always given birth to geniuses of mind and spirit. The biggest
achievement of independence is that we got rid of alien ideas, false
values, idols," said Seyran Ohanian. Then the minister of defence
provided detailed information on the process of army building. The
minister mentioned that the Armenian army is noted in the region for
efficiency and everything will be done to defend the borders of the
country. In his address NKR vice minister of education, culture and
science Slava Asrian, stressing the importance of the meeting,
mentioned that the cooperation between the two ministries will
facilitate the solution of problems which the two systems face, in
particular the preparation for conscription.

LAURA GRIGORIAN