On 15 October Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolences letter to the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II in connection with the death of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Torgom Manoukyan.
The letter runs as follows:
"In the Nagorno Karabagh Republic we have learnt with deep sorrow the news of Archbishop Torgom Manoukyan's death. It is a great loss for the Armenian people, Armenian Apostolic Church and the whole Christian world.
His Beatitude Archbishop Manoukyan had a huge contribution to fortifying the Armenian Apostolic Church, strengthening the Christian faith as well as developing interchurch relations.
He also had a valuable input in preserving the Armenian national identity, maintaining the Motherland-Diaspora ties, promoting international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the fair representation of the Artsakh issue.
Please, accept my deep and sincere condolences. In this difficult hour the people and authorities of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic share with you the pain and sorrow in connection with this irretrievable loss".