Being President is a job and a mission at the same time, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian says.
Spekaing about Armenia, the President said “it has always had a dynamic, turbulent and history-charged past, especially concerning culture, art and music, but unfortunately also in respect to tragedies.”
He reminded that more than 1700 years ago, Armenians were the first nation worldwide to adopt Christianity.
“At the beginning of the 20th century, Armenia faced genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire,” the President said, adding that his grandmother lost her first child because of the genocide.
“This tragic occurrence created a big wave of Armenian diaspora in the world, from the United States to Australia or France. Since then, we gained our independence 100 years ago, but only briefly after the first Republic of Armenia was proclaimed in 1918, it became a part of the Soviet Union. Following the end of the affiliation, problems blew up especially in Nagorno-Karabakh and elsewhere. We hope to resolve that in the 21st century,” Armen Sarkissian said.
Speaking about his the most important points are to resolve the conflicts and to develop Armenia in general.”
“Our nation has a big chance in the 21st century. Our strength is not natural resources but human resources. We are a small state but a global nation,” the President stated.
“In the 21st century, this is an advantage because the globe is getting smaller and life is getting faster. The biggest companies in the world are not the oil or gas companies but rather IT companies like Apple and Google. Armenia has a chance of being part of a so-called virtual silk road – a trade route of technologies and communications,” he added.
The President believes the 21st century can become the century of Armenia, if we use our advantage of being a global and highly educated nation.
In addition, he said, “we are the only country of our region that has strong relations both with the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union.”