Kocharian Says “Karabakh Will Never Be A Part of Azerbaijan”

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–"A simple approach sometimes can be more effective and should be used in the process of Karabakh’s conflict settlement. Karabakh never will be a part of Azerbaijan," stressed Armenian President Robert Kocharian during the February 13 meeting with the staff of Yerevan State University.

Answering the question of one of the professors as to what the limits of the Armenian side’s concessions are–Kocharian said that a generation has grown up in Karabakh that will never be convinced that Karabakh can be a part of Azerbaijan.

Kocharian also spoke about the accomplishmen’s of the past year. He said the year 2001 was the best year in the history of independent Armenia–and the most successful year during the years of his presidency. "A growth of 9.6 percent was registered in the economy. The results of the year show that an increase was registered in all other spheres as well," said Kocharian.

According to the president–the economic policy last year was directed towards the provision of economic growth and the arrangemen’s directed to activation of reforms and investment policy played their role in this process. The president attached great importance to the further provision of political stability in order to preserve the growth process in 2002.

"I will do my best to preserve the economy from the pre-election mood’s influence," stressed Kocharian–stating that he will control the formation of the state service system. The works directed to the restoration of industry and development of small and medium business are planned to continue in 2002.

President Kocharian also said that certain steps directed to the realization of reforms in energy system and privatization of enterprises of this system will be taken. Also–the importance of reforms in the system of aviation was expressed. The main aim in the aviation sphere is to organize a service that will comply with international standards.

Kocharian also said that the main task for 2002 is to minimize the impact of pre-election sentimen’s on economy. He added that some steps are already being made in this direction. According to him–efforts towards revitalizing the industry will be continued this year and small and medium-sized businesses and farms will be encouraged.

Stating that imports to Armenia have increased 2 to 3-fold as compared to exports–Kocharian said that steps are now being made towards the encouragement of exports. The president gave assurances that reforms in the social sphere–in particular the public health and social security spheres–will also be given a boost.

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