Armenia Determined To Fight For "Freedom" Of Azerbaijan's Rebel Regi
ARMENIA DETERMINED TO FIGHT FOR "FREEDOM" OF AZERBAIJAN'S REBEL REGION - LEADER
Public Television of Armenia
Jan 28 2014
Armenia is determined to continue fighting for the independence
of Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagornyy Karabakh. President
Serzh Sargsyan made this statement at a ceremony to mark the 22nd
anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Armed Forces, the
Armenian Public TV Channel 1 reported on 28 January.
"The armed forces of Armenia and the Nagornyy Karabakh republic
made it clear to all, including an opponent, that freedom of Artsakh
[Karabakh] is above everything else. Freedom is not given as a present,
and we are ready to fight and win," Sargsyan said.
"The 20th anniversary of the signing of ceasefire will be marked in May
2014. Our army and the public have been living in a no-war no-peace
situation for two decades," Sargsyan said, adding that the army was
fulfilling its mission with honour in such difficult circumstances.
He went on to praise the army for proving that "arrogant statements
by the opponent are worthless" thanks to the Armenian military's
determination to safeguard the border. Sargsyan said that the army
would remain at the border as long as necessary.
[Translated from Armenian]