Solemn ceremony of awarding took place at the residence of the Artsakh Republic President

On May 8 in connection with the Victory Day, the 25th anniversary of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Defense Army and the Liberation of Shoushi a solemn ceremony of awarding took place at the residence of the Artsakh Republic President, where the Head of the State delivered a speech, Central Information Department of the Office of the Artsakh Republic President stated.

For courage and bravery shown during the defense of the NKR state borders and the Motherland a group of the Defense Army and the National Security Service servicemen, freedom-fighters and volunteers were handed in high state awards.
A group of devotees having registered outstanding success in different spheres and for services rendered to the Artsakh Republic were awarded as well.
In his speech President Sahakyan underlined that the 9 May Triple Holiday is among the most cherished holidays of all the Armenians and our independent statehood, the holiday that is full of greatest pride and dignity, the holiday that symbolizes our people’s endurance and inflexible will, patriotism and devotion, inexhaustible optimism and unshakable faith.
“The May Triple Holiday is a unique message to our entire nation and all of us to remember the Motherland’s devotees, continue their unfinished work, do all the possible for consistent strengthening and developing our independent statehood. It requires systematized, united, painstaking work and selfless dedication to serve the Motherland”, stressed the Artsakh Republic President.
Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Armenian National Assembly chairman Galoust Sahakyan, NKR National Assembly chairman Ashot Ghoulyan, prime-minister Arayik Haroutyunyan, defense minister Levon Mnatsakanyan and other officials partook in the event.

Shushi was liberated 25 years ago

May 8th is a special day for the Armenian people since it was on this very day that Shushi was liberated back in 1992. The liberation of Shushi changed the course of the Karabakh war and pinpointed the path that would lead to future victories. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi.

During the war that Azerbaijan had unleashed, Shushi had turned into a military base for Azerbaijan. In late 1991, taking advantage of the high geographical position of the city, the adversary started bombarding Stepanakert, which is the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The situation sharply worsened in February 1992 when the adversary started bombarding residential districts. In late April 1992, a decision was taken to liberate Shushi from the armed Azerbaijani groupings by way of an attack.

On the night of 8 May 1992, 3,800 volunteer fighters participated in the liberation of Shushi under the direction of commander of the self-defense forces of Artsakh Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (Komandos). The military front was 45 km, and the attack was made in several directions.

On the morning of 9 May (04:00), Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan declared that all the groupings of the adversary had left Shushi and that Shushi was liberated.

The operation for the liberation of Shushi is referred to as “Wedding in the Mountains”. In one of his interviews, Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan said the following in regard to the operation: “From the military perspective, we weren’t ready to liberate Shushi. Vazgen Sargsyan (then Minister of Defense) said even though there was no need to rush, Shushi had to be liberated. That was when I promised him that if we seized Shushi, we would organize his wedding in the mountains, and that is how the operation was called “Wedding in the Mountains”.

Let us add that the name “Shushi” originates from the word “shosh” which, in the dialect of the people of Artsakh, means the new branch of a tree that is the highest from the other branches. This name is due to the high geographical position of Shushi.

Greek political parties express solidarity with the struggle of the Armenians for their claims

On May 7, the hall of the Nikia Municipality in Athens hosted an event devoted to the Armenian Cause and organized by the Armenian Women’s Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (Ramgavar).

As reported the Haiastan Center of the Greek-Armenian community to Hayern Aysor, the political parties of the Hellenic Parliament and the forces of the Armenian patriotic front had come to express their solidarity.

Greek Deputy Evangelia Karakosta gave a welcoming speech on behalf of the Hellenic Parliament, while Ambassador Plenipotentiary Fadey Charchoghlyan spoke on behalf of the authorities of the Republic of Armenia.

Among other speakers were members of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, the Armenian People’s Movement, the Council of the Greek-Armenian Diocese, the Armenian General Benevolent Union and a representative of the Armenian youth in Greece.

The keynote speakers were university professor, Greek Deputy Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos and journalist, Greek Deputy Liana Kaneli.  Arvanitopoulos talked about the political capacity of the Armenian Genocide), while Kaneli talked about the human capacity of the Armenian Genocide.

The ceremony featured performances by dudukist Tigran Sargsyan, pipe player Kristine Elefterova and dhol player Margar Elefteriadis. Sona Galstyan recited poems.

The concert was followed by the message of solidarity of former President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolis Kaklamanis, after which the members of the parliamentary factions expressed their solidarity.

With the motto “Mourning is eternal without a struggle”, the event symbolized the unity of the patriotic forces within the Greek-Armenian community and their will to work together.