ARMENIAN AND RUSSIAN TROOPS MARCH THROUGH YEREVAN TO MARK VICTORY DAY
ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow
9 May 04
Armenia on Sunday (9 May) is celebrating the Day of Victory and
Peace. Thousands of people came to the Victory Park in the Armenian
capital Yerevan to commemorate the fighters who fell in the Second
World War battles.
Representatives of the republican authorities, ministries,
departments, the army, law enforcement bodies, political parties and
public associations, as well as war veterans, living in the republic,
laid wreaths and flowers at the eternal flames of the Unknown Soldier
The chairman of the Armenian National Assembly, Artur Bagdasaryan,
Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan and other high-ranking officials of
the country attended the ceremony. They also laid a wreath from
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan who is visiting Stepanakert to
celebrate the first anniversary of Shushi (Susa)’s capture in the
course of the Karabakh conflict.
Employees of the Russian embassy in Armenia, representatives of the
command of the Russian military base and border guards stationed in
the republic laid wreaths and flowers at the monument. Heads of
diplomatic missions and military attaches took part in the ceremony.
Following the performance of the national anthems of the Russian
Federation and the Republic of Armenia, columns of Russian troops and
border guards as well as of the Armenian army marched.