ARMENIAN JOURNALISTS WHO COVERED SHUSHI'S LIBERATION EVOKE THAT DAY
YEREVAN. - "The [Armenian] 1988 army was established, and it was the people's spirit and will that created its army," stated Levon Margaryan, a journalist who covered the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's (NKR) City of Shushi on May 9, 1992, during a press conference on Wednesday.
He also informed that, in their coverage of the event, they were presenting the psychology and not the key issues.
"Flowers were scattered all over the road, when we were coming down from Shushi to [NKR capital] Stepanakert; we were experiencing a joy," Margaryan said.
He also underscored the need to think about the Motherland, and noted it is not enough to have a motherland; keeping and representing the country is also important.
The press conference's other speaker, writer and journalist Vardan Devrikyan, who likewise had covered Shushi's liberation, said the Armenian people need to carry out three things in connection with the liberation's 20th anniversary: pay tribute to the memory of the fallen; bow before the fighters; and, build a strong Armenia.
Devrikyan added that the victory in Shushi was also the victory of Armenian journalism, which was presented to the world.
- 1847 Summit Meeting of the representatives of the Transcaucasian Armenian community.
- 1847 With the participation of the gentry and commoners, the National, Ecclesiastic, and Supreme Council is created in Constantinople. It is the first step towards the creation of the "Constitution".
- 1859 A Committee, consisting of 5 clergymen and 14 laymen, is struck in Constantinople to write the "Constitution". The Chariman was Rusinian.
- 1945 End of World War Two (known as the "Great Patriotic War" in the USSR).
- 1964 Death of Vahan Totomyants, professor and public figure.
- 1992 Shooshee (Artsakh) is liberated after 71 years of occupation by Azeri Turks.
- 1994 Protocol negotiated in the Artsakh War and signed in Bishkek (Kirgizstan) by the parliamentary speakers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Artsakh as mediated by Presidents Boris Yeltsin of Russia and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. This was the first recognition of Artsakhs distinctiveness as a political and territorial entity in the negotiations. Azerbaijan occupied 750 sq. km. (15%) of Artsakhs territory, while Artsakh occupied 7059 sq. km. (8%) of territory considered to have traditionally been possessed by Azerbaijan.