In honor of the 30th anniversary of the independence of Artsakh today (September 2, 2021), His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, issued the following message:
On the occasion of the Independence Day in the Artsakh Republic, from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin we convey our patriarchal blessings and prayers to the leaders of Artsakh, and our faithful children.
This 30th anniversary of independence is being celebrated by our people under difficult conditions, with the unwavering will to minister to the wounded, grieving, but dearly beloved realm of Artsakh. Past anniversaries of Artsakh’s independence were marked in our national annals as pages recording a struggle for the rights of the Armenians of Artsakh; for statehood and the realization of a free and dignified life. Artsakh united all Armenians with its desire for freedom, its spirituality, and its attraction as a precious fragment of the historical homeland.
As the cradle of the dawn of new life among the Armenians, Artsakh still unites our people with a vision of a nation rising to meet every challenge.
The terrible war of 2020 caused great human loss, enormous territorial destruction. Hostile aspirations and threats against Artsakh continue to this day. Despite this painful reality, in Armenia and everywhere in the world, the response of all of us must be to promote constant care for Artsakh: a relentless effort to ensure a peaceful and secure life for our compatriots in Artsakh, and the restoration of our losses. This must be the proper response to the martyrdom of thousands of our heroic children.
It is our prayer that the merciful Lord will give our faithful children of Artsakh the spiritual courage and faith to go forward with their distinctive optimism, pursuing the protection of their rights, and developing the homeland.
May God strengthen Artsakh’s President, the deputies of the National Assembly, and its statesmen, fortifying their commitment to responsibly meet the challenges and difficulties facing Artsakh.
Catholicos of All Armenians
Holy Etchmiadzin, 2 September, 2021