STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–"The Karabakh presidential elections–regardless of their outcome–are in my opinion–the symbol of victory for all Karabakh Armenia’s," declared presidential candidate Arthur Tovmassian in response to journalists’ questions on the upcoming Karabakh elections.
According to the candidate–the Karabakh struggle is an integral part of the Armenian Cause–and the presidential elections in Karabakh are indeed steps on the road to the fulfillment of the nation’s cause. In effect–he said–the elections will be a pivotal point of success in the entire Armenian nation’s history.
Answering reporters’ questions–Tovmassian said his approach to the Karabakh struggle will include an initial attempt to reactivate the enthusiasm of negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group–at all times setting forth the principle of self-determination for Karabakh Armenia’s.
Tovmassian added that he views the initiation and the speedy completion of the creation of a constitution of integral importance–because–he said–that will be the proof of the stability of a democratic nation. Tovmassian–who is also currently the Karabakh National Assembly speaker–said that he saw the passage of laws and resolutions within the National Assembly as a sign of great democratic stride and he would do all in his capacity as president to encourage such activities.
Expressing satisfaction with the current state of the Karabakh armed forces–Tovmassian went on to say that as president he would consider Karabakh’s protection and defense as a high priority.
Tovmassian–whose background is in education–said he would pay special attention to the education system of the republic–hoping to strengthen the national education standard–both in the formative years as well as in secondary and post-secondary years. He also alluded to the creation of an education system which would serve the needs of the Karabakh Armenia’s as well as those of the Republic–in effect.
Speaking of economic issues–the candidate said that the national budget would need to be reorganized with the intention of creating more jobs–and in turn eliminating homelessness–and unemployment.