On 14 December President Bako Sahakyan sent a congratulatory address to dean of the Oriental Studies Department of the Yerevan State University, Professor Gourgen Melikyan in connection with his 80th birthday anniversary.
The address runs as follows:
"Respected Mr Melikyan,
I cordially congratulate You on the memorable jubilee - Your 80th birthday anniversary.
Your long activity is among the best samples of selfless service to the native country and people. Being a renowned scientist You have had a great input in the development of Oriental studies in the Republic of Armenia, upbringing of patriotic and educated generations.
You are also known as an active participant of the Artsakh National-Liberation Movement and a freedom-fighter, a person, who has been showing consistent support to Artsakh, contributing to the implementation of various programs in our country and strengthening the Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora trinity.
I once again congratulate You and wish peace, success and all the best to You, Your relatives and friends".