President Sahakyan awarded in Gandzasar Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan with the Golden Eagle Order
On 28 September Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan partook in a festive event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of re-opening the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Gandzasar monastic complex, during which the Head of the State awarded Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan with the Golden Eagle Order granting him the highest Honorary Title of the "Hero of Artsakh". In his speech the President highlighted the role of the church in the life of the Armenian people and Artsakh underlining that without the Mother Church it would have been impossible to survive, keep our national identity and traditions and gain victories. President Sahakyan characterized Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan as an outstanding clerical and public figure who was among the figures symbolizing Artsakh, adding that he continued properly the heroic deeds of the great leaders of the historic Gandzasar. Chairman of the National Assembly Ashot Ghoulyan, premier Ara Haroutyunyan, other officials, guests from Armenia and abroad partook in the events.