YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The 10th anniversary of the pullout of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was marked in Armenia Monday–with President Robert Kocharian addressing the veterans of the Afghan war on the occasion:
"At a crucial juncture of modern history–you assumed a particularly important role–you were in the front lines defending the borders of Karabakh and Armenia. You utilized your experience and skills gained in the Afghan war–to liberate and uphold the independence of your homeland," said Kocharian.
On this occasion–Kocharian also issued a decree awarding medals "for outstanding military service" to four veterans of the Afghan war–who also displayed courage in defending the borders of Armenia." One of the four was decorated posthumously.