Victory Day, Shushi Liberation Commemorated in Artsakh, Armenia


STEPANAKERT (Public Radio of Armenia) — President Serzh Sargsyan participated on May 9 in the festive events in Stepanakert and Shushi dedicated to Victory Day, the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Defense Army of Artsakh and liberation of Shushi.

This morning, together with the Artsakh authorities, members of the governmental delegation from Armenia, people of Artsakh and guests, who have arrived to Artsakh to participate in the festivities, at the Revival Square in Stepanakert Serzh Sargsyan marched with the participants of the event to the Stepanakert Memorial and paid tribute to the memory of those who had fallen in the Great Patriotic War and heroes of the Artsakh Liberation War.

In the framework of the festive events, Serzh Sargsyan visited also Shushi and laid flowers at the pedestal of the Memorial and later at Vazgen Sargsyan’s statue paid tribute to his memory. He attended the concert held at the V. Sargsyan Square in Shushi and observed the Town of Arts and Crafts exhibition.

The 25th anniversary of Shushi liberation and the 72nd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War were also marked in Yerevan.

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan attended the event at the Victory Park.

They laid flowers at the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and paid tribute to the memory of heroes that fell in the Shushi Liberation War and the Great Patriotic War.

Following a military parade the Catholicos and the Prime Minister had dinner with veterans.

Karen Karapetyan congratulated all veterans and freedom fighters and wished them health.

“Any victory is important in state-building process. As a civilian, as Prime Minister, I want to stress that we, as civilians, have a debt before the Armed Forces, which we can never pay. The maximum we can do is to succeed on the economic domain to advance the victories,” Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan stressed.

Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has issued a message on the Day of Victory and Liberation of Shushi: “From the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, we extend our Pontifical blessings and congratulations to our faithful people, on the occasion of the day of the glorious victory of May 9, the Liberation of Shushi and the foundation day of the Defense Army of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

“This triple wonder and celebration again fills our souls with joy. Today, we reflect on and reevaluate the significant efforts that our people have made, which contributed to the victory in the Great Patriotic War and the establishment of peace in the world. This victorious day during the Artsakh Liberation struggle, our heroic sons, with unbending will and a brave spirit, liberated Shushi, which was of important strategic significance, and the center of our national culture. During those decisive days, the Defense Army was established which is the guarantee of peace and security of Artsakh.”

A delegation from the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADL) Central Committee and Supreme Council, including Supreme Council President Vartan Nazerian, Central Committee Vice Chairman Karen Kakoyan, and Artavazd Melkisetian and Haroutioun Yerkanyan, members of both bodies, participated in the celebration of the May triple festivity of the Republic of Artsakh.

They paid their respects to the memory of the martyred heroes of Artsakh’s war for self-defense, and placed flowers on the graves of the latter. During their visit, they met with Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh Archbishop Barkev Mardirosian and various officials.

During talks at the official reception, Nazerian expressed his congratulations to President Serzh Sargsyan of the Republic of Armenia, President Bako Sargsyan of the Republic of Artsakh, former President of the Republic of Artsakh Arkady Ghukasyan, as well as to other officials of the two republics. The possibility of cooperation and the important of ADL participation in various realms was discussed during these conversations.