STEPANAKERT — On 28 September Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan partook in a festive event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of re-opening of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Gandzasar monastic complex, during which the President awarded Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan with the Golden Eagle Order, granting him the highest Honorary Title of the “Hero of Artsakh.”

In his speech the President highlighted the role of the church in the life of the Armenian people and Artsakh, underlining that without the Mother Church it would have been impossible to survive, keep our national identity and traditions and gain victories.

President Sahakyan characterized Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan as an outstanding religious and public figure who was among the figures symbolizing Artsakh, adding that he continued properly the heroic deeds of the great leaders of the historic Gandzasar.

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