NEW YORK — During his visit to New York, President Serge Sargisian spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, where he stressed the importance of relations with the diaspora, as well as the determination to see through the independence of Karabagh. His speech is below:
I am proud. I am proud to have such compatriots; I am proud because there are hardly many presidents in the world — probably, two or three — that can be offered such reception in New York. I am proud of you.
I salute you and congratulat you on the 20th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Armenia — Motherland of all Armenians.
We have been celebrating this great jubilee with the same sincere fervor in Armenia and in the diaspora. It is quite natural because we are united not only by our genes, our past, our history, but also because we are united by today and most importantly by tomorrow, by our future. The future which we will create together, all of us. The prosperous and thriving Armenia of our common dream should become a reality through our common efforts.
I am aware that in Armenia and especially in Diaspora there are skeptics and even disheartened people. They think that multiple obstacles, challenges and threats on our way are insurmountable. They are our brothers and sisters who probably have a more acute perception of the problems and view the possibilities of their resolution as unattainable. We will revive our hope and faith in our wonderful country and in our own abilities. We will renew our pledge which through the ages was abandoned by just a few and which many more have remained faithful to. They preserved it and fight, created and taught, cured and built, wrote manuscripts and interpreted, went to prison and exile, brought up strong and educated children and bestowed them with the formula of staying faithful to a centuries-long pledge. Foreign yoke is passing, war is passing, crises are passing, governments of our liking or disliking are passing, but our homeland is eternal and undying. It is our homeland as long as we didn’t underestimate ourselves and didn’t lose hope.
These days all the results of our 20-year-long journey have been recapped again and again. Quite naturally, some were complaining that the glass is half-empty yet, the others were asserting vigorously that the glass is already half-full. It is true that on the road toward the Armenia of our dreams we have overcome just a part of it. We will overcome the other one too, together, confident and steadfast. At the same time, the diaspora has brought its share to every accomplishment Armenia has had. And today I express my profound gratitude to all our brothers and sisters, to you all for the multifaceted assistance which you have brought and continue to bring to Armenia from day one of its independence. Thank you very much.