Kocharian Talks to Students at Yerevan State University

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At the invitation of the student councils–President Robert Kocharian held a meeting with students of different high schools at Yerevan State University Wednesday.

The president stated that the country is now going through a crucial period–and that he considers it important to hear the opinion of young people and students on the events taking place in the country.

The president pointed out that membership into the Council of Europe is voluntary–and countries themselves must be willing to be admitted to this organization. If a country meets minimal democratic requiremen’s–it may be admitted to the organization. "We are implementing a policy of building up a law-abiding state. And a law-abiding state means the separation of powers–judicial system which meets the European standards and human rights protection. And it has been a goal of our active reforms of the last two years. If relevant legislation is drafted–and the protection of investmen’s is guaranteed–we can expect large investmen’s without which economic growth is impossible. This is what Armenia will get," the president said.

The president stressed that there is only one way of struggling against migration–this being the ensuring of economic growth and creation of jobs in the country. But jobs will not be created on government investmen’s: alone. Private investmen’s must be attracted. The president pointed out that as a result of the current economic policy 40,000 jobs will be created next year.

The president said that the country’s scientific potential should be brought to conformity with the present-day economic situation. He said that science should develop in two directions: serving Armenia’s economy–and integration into the world economy and science which serve the spheres that Armenia is unable to finance (especially fundamental sciences).

The president stressed that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen did not make any official proposal on the exchange of Meghri. There were only talks–but no official proposals were received by either Armenia–Azerbaijan or Nagorno Karabakh.

According to the president–young people are a his major support in implementing the policy of economic reforms–as what is being done for strengthening democracy and in carrying out economic reforms "is for understandable reasons a little difficult to explain to the older generation."

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