On 9 May Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan and President Serzh Sarkisyan of the Republic of Armenia partook in solemn events organized in Stepanakert and Shoushi within the frameworks of the Victory Holiday, the Day of the Artsakh Republic Defense Army and the 22st anniversary of the Shoushi liberation.
In the Stepanakert Memorial Complex Presidents of the two Armenian states laid a garland and flowers to the monument commemorating martyrs perished in World War II and the Artsakh Liberation Struggle.
On the same day Bako Sahakyan and Serzh Sargsyan visited the town of Shoushi where they laid garlands and flowers to the pedestal of the "Tank" monument and to the monument of Sparapet Vazgen Sargsyan. The Presidents were thereupon visited the exhibition-fair organized in the town.
During the festive event held in Shoushi President Sahakyan handed the "Grigor Lousavorich" order to the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan for exclusive services rendered to the Nagorno Karabagh Republic.
NKR second President Arkady Ghoukasyan, Primate of Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Armenian National Assembly speaker Galoust Sahakyan, NKR National Assembly speaker Ashot Ghulyan, premier Ara Haroutunyan, RA and NKR officials, guests from the Diaspora and abroad partook in the festive events.