Are We About to Witness A New Dawn?

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Dr. Armen Sarkissian

Dr. Armen Sarkissian

BY ANNETTE MOSKOFIAN

LONDON—On the evening of January 25, Dr. Armen Sarkissian Armenia’s Ambassador to the UK who has been nominated as the Republican Party’s candidate for the upcoming presidential election, held a meeting with the representatives of the Armenian community in London. In the meeting, which lasted an hour he discussed his plans for the candidacy.

He stated that Armenia has gone through political changes with the introduction of parliamentary system. He referred to the constitutional referendum held in Armenia on 6 December 2015. The proposed amendments to the constitution changed the country from having a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary republic. He believes that this change will help Armenia in its democratization process. The parliament with its members will be responsible for the running of the country and it is in this new framework that the new President will be elected. The role of the President has been clearly defined in the constitution.

The current President Serzh Sarkisan met with Dr. Armen Sarkissian recently and asked him to become a candidate for the Presidency. It is his expectation that the future President should give special attention to foreign relations specifically economic relations to attract foreign investments into Armenia, which also includes investments from the diaspora. The president believes that Dr. Armen Sarkissian possesses the relevant experience and ability to meet these expectations.

However the final decision lies with the Armenian people and the vote of Parliament on March 2.

Dr. Sarkissian has asked for some time to consider the nomination. He needs to consult his family, and his extended family the Armenian community in London. He believes it is very important to consult the parties that are represented in the Parliament, understand their views and expectations and they in return need to familiarize themselves with his views.

He also needs to consult other organisations and their representatives, intellectuals, businessmen etc.

The role of the President is a very important one and Dr Sarkissian feels that this decision has to be taken after serious consideration.

His vision for future Armenia is “to make this small country an international nation.”

“Armenians in Diaspora need to have not only spiritual ties with Armenia but economic, cultural, educational ties, and all feel citizen of Armenia. Armenia in turn has to understand that the Diaspora is the extended part of itself. “

The new model of Armenia should be an open one; economically, politically and socially, one that will encourage everyone to be part of its future success. Citizens of Armenia need to be empowered to feel they are in charge of their country and their future.

Dr. Armen Sarkissian also believes that the new model will be achieved by conquering corruption in its all forms. He believes corruption is not only in bribe giving but exists in the judiciary system, in the police force, education system, and even the media. Corruption needs to be fought by elevating and educating the people so the culture of corruption is eliminated. This in turn will create an environment that will attract investment in the country, where investors will have confidence that the appropriate governance mechanism exists to support the business investments. He believes that Armenia can attract investment from Europe once these changes are made.

“We need a strong Armenia, a strong Artsakh and a strong Diaspora in order to a have a strong nation.”

At the end of his speech he thanked everyone present and stated that 2018 is a very important year for Armenia, as we will be celebrating the centenary of the first Republic. We need to evaluate the past mistakes and appreciate the accomplishments and take lessons from the past.

Dr Sarkissian’s vision of a new model for Armenia is perhaps every Armenian’s dream. This is a dream that needs concrete plans and commitment to materialize it into reality. Dr Sarkissian needs our support if he accepts the nomination, but we in turn expect these beautiful words to become reality for a new dawn.

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4 Comments

  1. D2 said:

    Annette Moskofian, our Dearest Annette I read your ARTICAL with REVERANCE (Ջերմ համբիւրներ այս վերոյիշեալ գրութեան / արտահայտութեան համար) I wan’t spoil your wisdom pact with additions. Am I to assume that all the three regimes (not governments as they were not governments of the people) did not realise that they could do some good for the country? By playing chase games of changing positions is not a method of ruling / governing a country REALISTICALLY ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. May I pray and hope together with Annette and a lot of other compatriots who have had similar ARTICALS OF ADVICE to previous regimes does make a change? I don’t mind being proved wrong Dr Armen Sarkissian (with limited authority) are you also joining the NO GOOD REGIME.Once again “ ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS”. Let’s see what result is achieved by the REARRANGEMENT OF THE SAME CARDS. LONG LIVE HOPEFUL ARMENIAN NATION.

  2. Ani said:

    Did he talk about the controversial gold mine? Did he know that people are furious about this?Did anybody ask him what he had done for his country during all these years?How he got all that wealth? Did he work as an ambassador or he spent all his time on his businesses?I did not get anything from this article,sorry!

  3. Robert Davidian said:

    The regime’s candidate for the new role of a less powerful “president” says all the right things, but left out full voting rights for diasporans and full legal punishment of the corrupt criminals heading the regime. Can we believe anything he says here? No! Does the fact that he is nominated by Mafia Godfather,Serzhik Sargsyan, discredit him? Yes! If elected, we need to hold him accountable for his broken promises of massive reform.

    “Armenians in Diaspora need to have not only spiritual ties with Armenia but economic, cultural, educational ties, and all feel citizen of Armenia. Armenia in turn has to understand that the Diaspora is the extended part of itself.“

    “Dr. Armen Sarkissian also believes that the new model will be achieved by conquering corruption in its all forms. He believes corruption is not only in bribe giving but exists in the judiciary system, in the police force, education system, and even the media. Corruption needs to be fought by elevating and educating the people so the culture of corruption is eliminated. This in turn will create an environment that will attract investment in the country, where investors will have confidence that the appropriate governance mechanism exists to support the business investments. He believes that Armenia can attract investment from Europe once these changes are made.”

  4. Koko Yegnukian said:

    The very fact that he was “nominated” by Serzh Sargsyan excludes him as anyone who can do anything positive. Armen Sarkissian is part of the problem NOT the solution.

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