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Sargsyan: Armenia builds its statehood on European pattern

November 29, 2013, 19:00 UTC+3 VILNIUS
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VILNIUS, November 29, 18:51 /ITAR-TASS/. Armenia is building its statehood on the European pattern, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in Vilnius on Friday.

“Building and strengthening Armenia’s statehood on the European pattern was our conscious choice, and this process is irreversible,” the president said at the Eastern Partnership summit.

“Eastern Partnership made it possible to impart a new pace to the efforts aimed at modernization of our country and the society on the basis of democracy and supremacy of law,” the president said. “It gave an impetus to our agenda of large-scale reforms,” Sargsyan added.

As “a tangible result” he mentioned “three major election processes in Armenia within just a year-and-a-half” - the parliamentary election, the presidential election and the election to the Yerevan Municipal Council.

These elections “set a new bar in that sphere, sizably strengthening the election system of Armenia,” he said. “In the Declaration of the Vilnius summit, we confirm our commitment to promoting reforms, carried out in our countries,” Sargsyan stressed.

“Profound and large-scale institutional reforms” in Armenia are aimed towards “fight against corruption, towards ensuring the freedom of economic competition, making the work of the government more transparent, ensuring independence of the judicial system, guaranteeing freedom of speech and strengthening the civil society,” the president explained.

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