On 21 May Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to the family of the Gandzasar monastery priest Grigor Markosyan.
The letter runs as follows:
"I have learnt with deep sorrow about the death of the Gandzasar monastery priest Grigor Markosyan.
Priest Grigor was among the first priests of the re-opened Artsakh Diocese, a person who selflessly served our people, substantially contributing to the maintenance and development of religious and national values, as well as carrying out the sacred mission of reinforcing Christian faith in our country. His name and memory will always remain bright in our mind.
On behalf of the Artsakh Republic people, authorities and myself personally, I offer condolences and support to all the relatives and friends of the deceased, as well as our faithful nation in connection with this irretrievable loss and wish them courage and tenacity".