Kocharian Optimistic About Future in Independence Speech

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The President of the Republic of Armenia–Robert Kocharian–made a congratulatory speech Monday–on the occasion of Armenia’s Independence Day.

"On September 21–1991–the people of Armenia made their historical choice–that is–to live independently–in a democratic state. During the most severe times for our state–our people showed exceptional firmness–restraint and dedication to national ideas. It was due to this lofty dignity that during the seven years of independence we won the war–overcame the most severe energy crisis and are slowly but confidently achieving the normal pace of economic development.

Problems of economy are of top priority in our domestic life today. I understand that expectations of broad sections of the population are connected particularly with the economic sphere: the creation of new jobs–the improvement of the standard of living. I also realize that there is impatience to see very quick results. However–we inherited a ruined economy–the restoration of which calls for great efforts – mine and yours.

As opposed to domestic political life–where it was possible to ease tensions within a short period of time–the economy has regularities in development and requires long-term work. Here we expect good results. Especially because the tendencies towards economic recovery can be observed until now–and they will grow deeper. But the government can’t be guided by the sense of impatience and resort to economic gambling especially in conditions of serious global crisis. The authorities have done everything to minimize the impact of that crisis on Armenia.

The economic and internal stability of our country–and steps aimed at deepening democracy and establish law create a favorable environment for the boosting of the country’s economic life.

Armenia’s general development can and must be stimulated by regional integration processes. The Armenian authorities are pursuing a new policy of active and full participation in regional and other more global international programs. It plays an important role in our foreign policy and can largely ease tensions in the region–as well as promote a peaceful and fair resolution of the Karabakh conflict. We have always been and will remain Karabakh’s strong rear.

The events that took place during the past seven years can be seen more clearly today. And the future can be seen more clearly as well – Armenia will grow stronger from year to year.

Constitutional amendmen’s–which are currently being worked out–are aimed at strengthening the foundations of statehood and deepening democracy–along with the open dialogue of today’s government. It should be mentioned that not everybody is ready for such a dialogue. I hate to elaborate on who is creating tensions and what his profit will be. But I know for sure that the country will only lose from that. We are facing an important period of time–when an atmosphere of national accord must be achieved and strengthened by means of free and fair parliamentary elections.

Nationwide efforts should be aimed at getting solutions to the problems Armenia is currently faced with–and we actively involve the economic–cultural and political potential of the Diaspora in this matter.

I once again congratulate us all on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of Armenia’s Independence with a confidence that Armenia will enter the 21st century as a economically thriving–political free and stable country."

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