|Source:||NKR MFA Press Service|
“Today, we need unity and solidarity more than ever. Only in this way we can solve numerous problems that our two republics face. The history of our nation has proved more than once that we have no other way out. It is a call of the times and the basic guarantee of our victories”, the NKR President Bako Sahakian stated in his welcoming speech at the meeting with participants of the All-Armenian pilgrimage to Artsakh, under the motto “Forward to God, Armenia”, which started in the Holy See St.Echmiadzin on May 1.
The Head of State noted with satisfaction that most pilgrims were young Armenians from different parts of the world.
“This is the best evidence that unity is one of the main peculiarities of our nation. Throughout their history, the Armenians overcame all the difficulties with honor, when they were united. This unprecedented initiative comprises elements of this significant unity, which symbolizes a firm link among republic-society-church. I am also satisfied with the circumstance that our soldiers and the Defense Ministry actively participated in organizing this All-Armenian event”, Bako Sahakian said.
The All-Armenian pilgrimage participants (500 people) organized a meeting “One Nation, One State, One Faith” in Shoushi.
The leader of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirossyan blessed the pilgrims in St.Ghazanchetsots Church of Shoushi. The Archbishop mentioned that Shoushi is the place of pilgrimage for all Armenians.
“We have liberated Shoushi under the motto “One Nation, One State, One Faith” and namely under this motto we have to continue our national struggle”, Artsakh’s spiritual leader said.
The pilgrims visited the Stepanakert Memorial Complex and then returned to Yerevan.
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