02.09.2008 14:18 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ NKR President Bako Sahakyan issued a statement
in connection with the Day of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. The
statement says:

"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 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 Karabakh 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

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 Karabakh