March 31
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President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian has issued a statement on the recent cases of death in the Armed Forces of Armenia. The statement particularly reads as follows:

“Dear compatriots,

In regard to the troubling events that recently took place in the armed forces, first, I would sincerely like to express my condolences to the families and relatives of all the servicemen who died during military service and share their grief.

The death of every soldier or officer or every citizen of Armenia is a great pain and irreversible loss.

Dear soldiers, commanders,

Your families, relatives, girlfriends and wives saw you off to the army with the certainty that you will be the reliable defenders of the homeland and were rest assured that you would not only share the hardships of military service, but also have the sense of being powerful along with your friends-in-combat.

Boys and men gain experience and learn lessons of life and patriotism in the army. The new recruits and experienced servicemen are trusted with the defense of our homeland and families, as well as our peace and security. Treat your mission and your relations with a sense of responsibility and remember that tolerance serves as evidence of power.

Remember that you are serving in a triumphant army and must continue the best traditions of the Armenian army with honor and dignity.

We trust and believe in each of you and are waiting for each of you. Remember that we don’t have lives to lose and that each of you deserves to and must see the bright future of a united and peaceful homeland and the future that you shaped with your dedicated service.

Dear compatriots,

Let’s support our soldiers and officers and maintain peace in our homes and in society.

May God protect us all.”

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