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February 20, 1988 was a unique example of national revival - Nikol Pashinyan
2019-02-20 19:36:54

February 20, 1988 was a unique example of Armenian national revival that inspired millions of people, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a congratulatory address on Artsakh Revival Day.

The Prime Minister said that what occured on February 20, 1988, was “historic in all respects.”

“The regional council of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region made a decision to join  Armenia. The people of Armenia expressed their full support for this decision. Soon, our sisters and brothers from the Diaspora joined their compatriots from Artsakh and Armenia,” he reminded.

“February 20, 1988 was a unique example of our national revival that inspired millions of people. We regained our national unity, solidarity, determination.,” Pashinyan said.

“In Armenia and Artsakh, a national movement was formed, which was exceptional in its dynamics and inevitability, it was deeply national and at the same time deeply democratic. The realization of the right of peoples to self-determination and democratic freedoms became a clear goal to which our people aspired, convinced that freedom and independence represents indisputable values,” the Prime Minister added.

He continued that thirty years later, in the spring of 2018, “we again experienced a new revolutionary awakening as a people, as a society and as a state, proceeding from the ideas that are dear to each of us.”

“We proved, first of all to ourselves, and then to the whole world that we are worthy and patriotic citizens of our country, that we remain committed to our struggle and ideals, committed to the path of freedom that Armenia and Artsakh have embraced,” Nikol Pashinyan stated.