On 18 February Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a congratulatory address to famous writer, publicist Maxim Hovhannisyan on the 80th anniversary of his birthday.
The address runs as follows:
"Respected Mr Hovhannisyan,
On behalf of the Artsakh people, the authorities and myself personally I cordially congratulate You on the glorious 80th birthday anniversary.
You are famous both in Artsakh and beyond its borders as a renowned writer, publicist, journalist and intellectual, as a great patriot and citizen, who has always been beside his nation even in the hardest moments, outlived their concerns and problems, expressed the aspirations and goals of Artsakh. You enjoy Your native people's love and respect for Your numerous works and publications, for the rich march you have passed.
And today, looking down from the height of the past years, You can be proud, as You served the Fatherland devotedly and had a worthwhile contribution in our long struggle for freedom and independence.
I congratulate You once again and wish robust health, long life and new successes".