On 10 December President Bako Sahakyan sent a congratulatory address on the NKR State Independence Referendum and Constitution Day.
The address runs as follows:
"Dear Artsakh people,
On behalf of the republic's authorities and myself personally I would like to convey cordial congratulations on the NKR State Independence Referendum and Constitution Day.
Our people cherish this holiday as it symbolizes their strive towards building a free and independent, democratic and legal state marked with supremacy of law, where human rights and freedoms, legal interests and security of the citizens and the state are protected.
Following proclaiming its independence in 1991 Artsakh went through the imposed war, overcame numerous difficulties and challenges, registering glorious victories and achievements on its path.
Among the most important achievements of the state building process has been the adoption of the Constitution, our country's basic law. The referendum held in 2006 once again witnessed the fact that the path chosen by our people was right and steady, with nobody and nothing being able to disrupt it. Our rival, who never misses the opportunity to turn to provocations, must also realize it.
Joining hands with our sisters and brothers from Armenia and the Diaspora we will do our best to further strengthen the Artsakh statehood, safeguard our people's security and ensuring their well-being, increase the defense potential, develop economy and improve living standards of the citizens. Artsakh must become a developed and modern country and take its deserved place in the international community.
Dear fellow citizens,
I once again congratulate all of you on this memorable holiday and wish peace, robust health and all the best".