STEPANAKERT (ARMENPRESS)–A newly constructed monument dedicated to the unknown soldiers of the Mountainous Karabagh conflict was unveiled in Stepanakert on Monday. Family members of missing combatants and high ranking government and military officials attended the ceremonies–including Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) President Arkady Ghougassian–National Assembly President Oleg Yessayan and Prime Minister Anoushavan Daniyelian.
MKR Education–Culture and Sports Minister Armen Sargssian presided over the ceremony and introduced a number of speakers–including mother of fallen soldier Rosa Stasian–MKR military deputy Vladik Khatchadrian–International Red Cross Stepanakert office representative Viacheslav Movsisian and Families of Unknown and Missing Soldiers Association president Vera Krikorian. Krikorian’s organization has registered the names of over 700 soldiers whose whereabouts are unknown.
The construction of the monument was a collaborative effort between designer Alexander Mamounsti–sculptor Tavit Mesrobian–and architect Nevair Mikaelian.