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Monday, 21 August 2006 - A Letter to the President of the Republic of Nagorny Karabakh Aragti Ghougassian

Honorable Sir Argati Ghougassian
President of the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh
Honorable Mr. President,

Under the influence of Our brief but historically memorable visit to Sdepanagerd and Shoushi, and in spite of the war situation in Lebanon that oppresses Our heart and causes much distress, today, We can only remember the declaration of the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh fifteen years ago with great pride. This historical step was a turning point, a decisive moment and its crucial importance is accentuated year after year not for the people of Artsakh and Armenia alone, but for the entire Armenians. This reality obliges every Armenian wherever he is, to put his contribution for the sake of the international recognition of the Republic of Karabakh , the strengthening and fortifying of its state as well as the prosperity and the welfare of its people.Our visit to Sdepanagerd emphasized in Us the importance of this consciousness.

On the occasion of the 15th year anniversary of the Declaration of the Republic of Karabakh, We congratulate you Mr. President and reassure you that the Republic will not only be in Our prayers but in Our daily pursuit and whenever the opportunity is presented.

With Paternal blessings and affection
Nerses Bedros XIX
Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia for the Armenian Catholics
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