On 17 September Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to the family of American-Armenian philanthropist Gerard Gafeschyan.
The letter runs as follows:
"I have learnt with deep sorrow about the death of the great patriot and philanthropist Gerard Gafeschyan.
His constant support the homeland and the native people, contribution to socioeconomic development of Artsakh and Armenia, input in continuous strengthening pan-Armenian ties and the recognition of the Armenian genocide are the best displays of patriotism and devotion.
On behalf of the Artsakh people, authorities and personally myself I express deepest condolences and support to Gerard Gafeschyan's family and wish tenacity to all his relatives and friends".