|Source:||NKR MFA Press Service|
On May 9, festive events took place in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, on the occasion of the Day of Victory at the Great Patriotic War, Creation of the NKR Defense Army, and Liberation of Shushi.
An official delegation from the Republic of Armenia, with President Serge Sargsian at the head, participated in the celebrations.
A ceremony of putting wreaths and flowers on the deceased soldiers’ monument at the Stepanakert Memorial Complex, on the tank-monument at the approaches to the town of Shushi, and on the monument to prominent statesman and military leader Vazgen Sargisian took place. A ceremony of handing new flats’ keys to 16 servicemen of the NKR Defense Army took place in Shushi.
On the occasion of the holiday, a grand meeting took place at the Stepanakert Officer’s Palace, with the participation of the NKR and RA Presidents, official and public representatives and guests. NKR President Bako Sahakian gave a ceremonial reception.
Concerts, sport events, and other outdoor festivities took place all over the Republic.
The festivities were completed with fireworks in the Central Revival Square of Stepanakert.
On the occasion of the holiday, the NKR President signed corresponding rewarding decrees. The NKR highest title of Hero of Artsakh was conferred on Arkady Ter-Tadevosian and a Golden Eagle decoration was presented to him for his outstanding services in the organization of the Republic’s defense and for his personal courage and bravery.
In his interview to journalists, Bako Sahakian noted that the negotiation process on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement was hampered by the fact that Nagorno Karabakh didn’t participate in it equally with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“Armenia’s President uses all his efforts to restore the provisions of the Budapest Summit, according to which Nagorno Karabakh is an equal party to the negotiations”, the NKR President stated.
The head of state emphasized that the issue was discussed with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen who, according to him, also consider that Nagorno Karabakh should participate in the negotiation process.
“Everybody realizes that no final solution is possible without Nagorno Karabakh’s participation”, emphasized Bako Sahakian.
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