THE ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT BAKO SAHAKYAN IN CONNECTION WITH THE DAY...

Azat Artsakh Daily
01 Sep 08
Republic of Nagorno Karabakh [NKR]

Dear compatriots, On September the 2nd we celebrate the day of the
Nagorno Karabakh Republic, a holiday which has a special significance
for our nation. On this very day a new chapter in the history of
Artsakh was opened. It became the commencement of restoration of
independent Armenian statehood. 17 years ago the people of Artsakh
people set about to realize their century-long dream of building
free and independent, democratic and social state. This extremely
difficult path we have been able to overcome due to the unbreakable
will, unity and cohesion. Artsakh has become the symbol of rebirth
of the triumphant spirit of the Armenian people. In the course of
recent years we have succeeded both to reconstruct the economy ruined
by war and but also to lay solid foundation for further development
of the state. Deepening and strengthening Artsakh-Armenia-Diaspora
relations, combining efforts and potential of world-spread Armenians,
we have begun to find effective solutions various problems our
republic faces, improve living standards of the population and develop
construction and infrastructures. Today we can proudly state about
strong and efficient army, harmoniously developing country that meets
international norms and standards and is considered to be one of the
key factors of stability in the region. We should always remember
what price has been paid for the present free and peaceful life,
what losses and hardship our nation did suffered on its way to
independence. The best sons on the nation gave their lives to the
defense of the Motherland. Everlasting glory and honor and to them!
We are obliged to fulfill the cherished dream of our martyrs and
gain international recognition of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic and
leave for the generations to come strong and independent, peaceful
and prosperous Motherland. Be confident, it is a matter of time!
The NKR authorities are committed to the idea that conflicts
should be settled exclusively by peaceful means through direct
and frank dialogue. Everybody should realize once and forever that
the independence of Artsakh has no alternative and is not subject
to speculations. Dear people of Artsakh, I cordially congratulate
all of us on this symbolic holiday and wish good health, happiness
and further success to the glory of the bright and serene future of
the Nagorno Karabagh Republic.