President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to President of the Republic of Abkhazia Sergey Baghapsh in connection with the death of Vladislav Ardzinba.
The letter runs as follows:
Abkhazia and its people suffered a great loss. The first President of the Republic of Abkhazia Vladislav Ardzinba has departed this life.
Vladislav Ardzinba stood at the origins of the national-liberation movement of Abkhazia, led the republic at a most crucial period of its history. Under his governance Abkhazia overcame all the hardships with flying colors, embarked firmly on the path of further strengthening its statehood.
Vladislav Ardzinba is widely known far beyond Abkhazia. He enjoys deep respect and warm feeling in Artsakh.
On the behalf of the people and the authorities of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic I express my condolences and support to You and to the fraternal people of Abkhazia in connection with this irretrievable loss