On 11 December Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to the Melkonyans family.
The letter runs as follows:
"I have learnt with deep sorrow about the death of Zabel Melkonyan - mother of the Artsakh hero, deserved son of the Armenian people Monte Melkonyan.
The mother who deserves great respect and gratitude, gave birth and brought up our beloved Avo, the great patriot and selfless commander. All his conscious life Monte devoted to defending the Armenian Cause, protecting the rights of the Armenian people, realizing our national goals and aspirations. In the difficult hour for the Artsakh people he stood near us, selflessly struggled against the enemy and perished as a great hero.
The memory of Monte Melkonyan will always remain bright in hearts of the Artsakh people. His feat will serve as an example for many generations.
On behalf of the Artsakh people, authorities and myself I express deepest condolences and support to all the relatives and friends of Monte's mother Zabel Melkonyan, wish them steadfastness and strength".