I cordially congratulate all of us on the day of the First Armenian Republic.
28 May is a special historic day for the entire Armenian people. 92 years ago after the victory in the heroic battle of Sardarapat, the first Armenian Republic was proclaimed. Withstanding different ordeals, suffering indescribable hardships and losses for centuries our nation found strength to endure and declare its existence to the world. The heroic soul and self-confidence of the Armenian people were again reborn, the lost Armenian statehood was restored. It became the basis and source of inspiration for our future victories.
In 1918 the Armenian people both did not give way to despair escaped from extermination, it was able to gain a glorious victory because in the fatal hour we could consolidate and unite around national ideas. This is the most significant lesson the history tells us and we should always follow this precept.
Freedom, independence and democracy, the only true path our people chose in 1918 have been guiding us in modern time. I am confident that this way will be victorious for the two Armenian states.
I congratulate once again all our compatriots in every corner of the world and wish peace, prosperity and great successes in favor of continuous strengthening of the Armenian statehood and the bright future of the Armenian people.
28 May, 2010 Stepanakert