STEPANAKERT – President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan on Monday convened a meeting with officials of the country’s National Security Council.

According to a press release by the NKR Presidential Office, the meeting addressed two basic issues: the accomplished and planned activities aimed at improving the situation around the Shahoumyan region (which includes the Armenian-liberated lands lying to the north-of Nagorno-Karabakh) and across the Line of Contact (following past weeks’ cross-border skirmishes provoked by the Azerbaijani armed forces), and agenda of the celebrations dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of the second Armenian republic’s proclamation.

The event was attended by the NKR minister of defense, senior national security and police officials and representatives of State Service of Emergency Situation.

Touching upon the recent incidents along the Karabakh-Azerbaijani borderline the President underlined that due to complex work, joint efforts of the Artsakh Defense Army and the corresponding structures all the encroachments undertaken by the enemy were efficiently rebuffed, causing great losses to the adversary.

According to the President, “our reaction once again demonstrated high level of the armed forces’ preparedness, the unwavering spirit and patriotism of our soldiers, the cohesion of the society against external threats and their willingness to defend independence, security and dignity of our state”.

Bako Sahakyan expressed gratitude to the command staff and the personnel of the Defense Army, Artsakh freedom fighters, the relevant state structures, to the nation and the authorities for the skills and abilities to rebuff jointly and effectively any encroachment, considering it the best manifestation of professionalism and patriotism.

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