On May 9 Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan issued a congratulatory address in connection with the Victory Day, the Day of the NKR Defense Army and the Liberation of Shoushi. The message reads:
Dear veterans of the Great Patriotic and Artsakh Liberation Wars,
On behalf of the Artsakh Republic authorities and on my own behalf, I cordially congratulate you on the Victory Holiday, the Day of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Defense Army and the Liberation of Shoushi.
May 9 is among the most memorable holidays in the Armenian history, which symbolizes patriotism intrinsic to our national character and courage, self-sacrifice and feat, unshakable will and resoluteness to rebel and win against foreign yoke. It goes back deep into history and manifested itself during the Great Patriotic War when our fathers and grandfathers together with different nations fought against the Nazi Germany to save the world from the clutches of Nazism. The new generation continued their heroic lesson defending the native land and annealing victories in the Artsakh Liberation Wars.
The formation of the Defense Army and the liberation of Shoushi became crucial achievements that have laid the ground for all of our future successes. Along with our brothers and sisters from Armenia and the Diaspora we managed not only to win during the imposed on us hard and cruel war, but also build a steadily flourishing and developing country thus continuing the unfinished mission of the brave sons of the Armenian people, who perished for Motherland, perpetuating their memory.
I once again congratulate all of us with this glorious Triple Day and wish peace, prosperity and new victories to our heroic people and Motherland.”