YEREVAN, January 1 (Itar-Tass) —— The new year should be a year of work, of persistent work, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan told the nation in a traditional New Year address.
“With work only can we cure, treat, care and improve life,” he said.
Sargsyan called for “leaving in the past indifference, inability to hear each other, hostile,” and to take with us to the new year “a promise to support each other and the readiness for new victories – for the sake of our Fatherland – Armenia, for the sake of peace and creation, for our families, children, for our sons who are guarding our borders.”
It is true, that “in present-time Armenia much is not perfect,” the president continued. In the republic, “there are families, which even at this festive moment can barely heat their homes, there are settlements and towns that do not answer our standards and criteria of a civilised country.”
“No doubt, we should become a country, where everywhere we may feel who we are, and heirs of what great victories and rich traditions and civilisation we are,” Sargsyan said.
This year, the country will elect deputies of the National Assembly /parliament/, he continued.
“In many cases, elections in this country are considered as means for obtaining power or for keeping one,” Sargsyan said. “It is high time to realize that there exist much more high objectives.”
The president said that he “has made his personal decision – to make everything in his power to refuse from false stereotypes in order to implement realistically national, truly state approaches in political life.”
“It is not a secret: I have needed and do need assistance,” he said.