THE ADDRESS OF NKR PRESIDENT BAKO SAHAKYAN IN CONNECTION WITH THE DAY OF THE NAGORNO KARABAKH REPUBLIC

armradio.am
02.09.2008 12:54

"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. We have been able to overcome this extremely difficult
path 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 also lay a 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
to various problems our republic faces, improve lthe iving 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 suffere on
its way to independence. The best sons of the nation gave their lives
to the defense of the Motherland. Everlasting glory and honor 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 a 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 Karabakh
Republic."