NAGORNO KARABAKH TOWNS HOST VICTORY DAY CELEBRATIONS
The presidents of Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR,
Artsakh ), Serzh Sargsyan and Bako Sahakyan, have taken part in May
victory celebrations in the NKR towns of Stepanakert and Shushi.
According to a press release by the NKR presidential administration,
the leaders of the two Armenian republics Tuesday visited the Memorial
Complex in capital Stepanakert to pay tribute to the heroes of World
War II and the Artsakh liberation war.
They then visited the town of Shoushi to commemorate the victims of the
Shoushi liberation struggle. The two presidents laid a wreath on the
tank monument to Vazgen Sargsyan, a former Armenian Defense Minister
and a hero of Artsakh war, who died in a 1999 terrorist attack at the
Armenian National Assembly. Presidents Sahakyan and Sargsyan attended
a holy mass in the St Ghazanchetsots church of Shushi.
They also visited a modern weapons exhibition in Stepanakert. Later
in the day, the presidents attended a festive concert on the town’s
The events dedicated to the May 9 Victory Day and the anniversaries
of Shushi liberation and the NKR Defense Army were also attended by
Armenia’s second president, Robert Kocharyan, a former president of
the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Arkady Ghoukasyan, as well as officials
from Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh and guests from the Diaspora.
From: A. Papazian