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Artsakh President Participates in Armenian Christmas Candlemas in Etchmiadzin, Avoids Reporters

Artsakh President Participates in Armenian Christmas Candlemas in Etchmiadzin, Avoids Reporters

The Saint Gayane Monastery in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin witnessed the serene celebration of the Eve of the Feasts of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ on January 5, led by Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, attracting high-profile attendees including Artsakh President Samvel Shahramanyan. However, Shahramanyan chose not to engage with the press, leaving The Armenian Report correspondent’s questions unanswered.

The candlelit service, presided over by Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, leader of the Artsakh Diocese, witnessed the presence of prominent figures, among them Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II, along with various officials from Artsakh's legislative and executive branches. Additionally, a substantial gathering of citizens, predominantly hailing from Artsakh, joined the solemn liturgy.

Prior to the commencement of the liturgy, President Samvel Shahramanyan declined to respond to questions regarding the status of Artsakh and the prospective return of its residents. Similarly, other Artsakh officials in attendance also avoided media interaction. Forcibly displaced individuals from Artsakh expressed a firm stance, affirming their willingness to return only if Artsakh regains autonomy free from Azerbaijani control.

The Candlemas Liturgy at Saint Gayane Church was a respectful event, but it highlighted hidden tensions and unanswered questions about Artsakh's future. This situation shows how complicated and delicate the relationships are between the different powerful groups in Armenia.

The silence of key figures amid pressing inquiries leaves much for speculation while highlighting the depth of discord between religious and governmental realms within Armenia.


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