On 10 December President Bako Sahakyan sent a congratulatory address in connection with the NKR State Independence Referendum and Constitution Day.
The address runs as follows:
"Dear Artsakh people,
On behalf of the Artsakh authorities and personally myself I congratulate you cordially on the NKR State Independence Referendum and Constitution Day, an important and memorable holiday for our people.
In 1991 we made the sacred dreams and aspirations of our grandfathers come true proclaiming independence and steadily following the path of building a democratic state. We had irretrievable losses on this way, overcame hardships and ordeals and due to our peoples unshakable will and unwavering spirit we managed to gain significant victories, remaining the masters of our country's present and future, which will unconditionally be bright and cloudless. There is no other alternative to this.
In 2006 the first Constitution of our country was adopted through the nationwide referendum. It became another testimony of our will to build a free, independent and powerful state demonstrating our commitment to the democratic principles and human values. The role of our Basic Law is invaluable in the contemporary history of Artsakh.
I once again congratulate all of you on this significant state holiday and wish peace and welfare to your families and the Artsakh Republic".