YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The US Charge d’Affairs in Armenia John Godfrey issues a New Year message to the people of Armenia and in the absence of a working ambassador to Armenia, he wished a prosperous new year for the Armenian people. "On this first day of the New Year, I would like to thank the people of Armenia for continuing to support the strong friendship and close cooperation that exists between our two countries. This has been an important year for US-Armenian relations. Through U.S. assistance programs, which have totaled over $1.6 billion since 1992, the United States is working to strengthen democratic institutions, provide for a more stable and secure South Caucasus, and build the economies of all three countries of the region. "As we look forward to 2007, it is my hope that Armenia and the United States can work together to create a brighter future for the people of Armenia. 2007 will be particularly significant, and my government is committed to supporting Armenia as it works to establish itself as a thriving democracy and a country where the benefits of economic growth are shared broadly. "The coming year will be especially important and exciting since Armenia has the opportunity to display its commitment to democracy by holding free and fair parliamentary elections. "As we look forward to 2007, I would like to express my admiration for the Armenian people and thank you for the warm welcome you have continued to show my family and me during our stay in your country. The American people, the Embassy staff and I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and all the best in 2007. Shnorhavor amanor yev surb ts’unund," concluded the announcement.