STEPANAKERT — President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR/Artsakh), Bako Sahakyan, on Monday issued a congratulatory address, on the occasion of Artsakh Revival Day.

“Dear compatriots,

“On behalf of the Artsakh Republic authorities and personally myself, I cordially congratulate you on the Artsakh Revival Day.

“February 20 of 1988 entered into the chronology of our people as a crucial and decisive day that heralded the unshakable will of the Artsakh people to live freely and independently. It has become the symbol of national unity, and the revival of invincible spirit. A wave of protests against the foreign yoke turned into a national-liberation movement and recreation of our national statehood corresponding to democratic values, principles, and norms of international law.

“Brave sons of the Armenian nation sacrificed their lives for the sake of our just struggle, carving the heroic pages of the modern Armenian history through their unparalleled courage and feat. Eternal honor and glory to all the devotees!

“During all these years, together with our brothers and sisters from Armenia and the [Armenian] Diaspora, we are building and developing our dear and beloved Artsakh, defending our ancestral land and hearth, our children’s future. We don’t violate the rights of other people, but will always protect those of our own.

“Dear people of Artsakh,

“I once again congratulate all of us on this significant holiday, and wish peace and great successes to the independent Artsakh Republic and our entire people,” reads the address by the NKR President.

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