The Republican Party of Armenia is holding its 15th Convention today. Speaking at the event, President of the Republic of Armenia, Chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said “the Republican Party is the ruling political force, which initiates and carries out almost all fundamental reforms in our country by facing short-lived discontents arising against them.”
“At the same time, the Republican Party is gradually strengthening its positions in all communities thereby becoming a guide for communal life and a real respondent to existing problems, a respondent in word and deed. The striking illustration of this is the results of all the elections conducted since our last convention, especially the elections of local self-governing bodies in different communities in which the Republican Party has gained convincing victories continuing to lay down a firm foundation for coming works and victories,” he said.
”Our party is consistently promoting its international ties as well. Being a member of the EPP, the RPA has actively participated in EPP events – conventions, summits, political congresses and others. We have advanced our relations with a number of EPP member European parties from Germany, France, Spain, Greece and Cyprus,” the President said.
He added that the relations with United Russia Party have risen to a new level – reciprocal visits, joint events, political contacts. One phase of Eurasian inter-party consultations initiated jointly with United Russia has taken place in Yerevan. In addition, the contacts with the Communist Party of China have been intensified.
“I think that the ruling party and the opposition are not enemies no matter how much they criticize each other; even if our citizens get such an impression produced by wide coverage of passionate political debates. We do not have to share our homeland; rather than we should complement each other in order to protect our fatherland and make it prosperous,” the President said.
According to him, the ruling political party and the opposition are like two hands of a man; both are necessary because each one performs a clear function. The mutilation of one does not strengthen the other; the man merely becomes disabled.
“The Republican Party will exclude the prospect of such an event for our state. It will keep on strengthening its position and role in our country. However, this should not be done at the expense of other political forces. Furthermore, the Republican Party will encourage other political players to unite clearly realizing that teamwork, crystallization and cohesion are objective imperatives for our development,” President Sargsyan stated.
Speaking about the government program, the President said: “Taking into consideration the global economic trends and the negative impulses produced by key markets, the government program has slightly reduced the economic growth target for subsequent years in order to raise the level of effective risk management. However, I am sure that the government will make great efforts at achieving much higher real results and exceeding the target indicators.”
“Coming years are going to be a period of expanding our economic potential and promoting the public welfare. This is unequivocal. We will continue to take clear steps and make utmost efforts in that direction. There will be positive changes concerning both the promotion of economic management and enlargement of consumer markets,” he said.
“We have already entered the final phase of becoming a member of the Customs Union. We expect the Customs Union’s large market to stimulate our economic growth and are confident that our investment and export growth rates will be considerably higher. In addition, we are also going to take individual approaches towards our businessmen and foreign investors,” the President added.
“The primary objective for the coming years, our present and future objective, is to ensure the security of Armenia and Artsakh. 20 years have passed since the ceasefire agreement. Yet for both the victor and the loser the war is not over; it continues on a different platform. The victor knows well the price of victory paid with blood and losses during the imposed war. The loser is filled with a devastating fury to regain a victory; a fury which deprives him of reason and a desire to conduct constructive negotiations.”
“Today our neighbor who lost the war launched on his own initiative tries to wage an information war by editing the history with an axe and distorting the reality. Bankrupt on the ideological platform, he prefers form over content, gradually increasing his expenditures on armaments. Many of you sitting here have enjoyed the taste of victory and will agree that the war is won not by bullets but by people, especially by their character, their will, their convictions, their faith and most importantly their love for freedom. It is won by citizens, the proud and responsible citizens of our fatherland, united not around party membership, taste, preferences or pocket contents but round the conviction of a fair cause,” he said.
“According to numerous international grades, our neighbor builds an authoritarian and militarized society, conducting Armenophobic propaganda day and night and instilling hatred and hostility in his society.
We know that the militarization of a society reaches an impasse. A pluralistic society where everyone is free to express his ideas, where freedom of speech is guaranteed and acceptable decisions are made as a result of preoccupied debates on essential and main issues, is viable and strong. We are on the way to building such a society. With all our shortcomings, we have already covered a long road in this direction. Likewise, we will continue to fortify the border, strengthen our state and reinforce our society in coming years,” the President stated.
“The development of political and social relations in our country has entered a completely new phase. We are witnessing processes which are difficult to perceive at first sight, but are utterly changing the meaning and rules of those relations. Today, all projects having public importance succeed only when they are accomplished by stable institutional units. The role of purposeful movements in social arena and the role of large and organized parties in political arena are rising,” Serzh Sargsyan added.
He said the tendency will keep on advancing. “There is no alternative to this. It is driven by the maturity of time and our society. As a result, the decreasing role of even the brightest personalities will free up space for group engagement.”
“The Republican Party of Armenia dominates the political landscape and is the largest political structure. Accordingly, our party has to fulfill a twofold objective. Firstly, it should contribute to developing and crystallizing the political landscape, as well as to ensuring equal opportunities to promote political parties and establish a classic bipolar political system.
Secondly, the development of the Republican Party should not fall behind the time. Our party will continue to grow stronger accompanied by the reinforcement of the party-society relations. We should give a new impulse to intra-party democracy and foster meaningful involvement of women’s and youth organizations. Along the continuous growth of bottom-up information channels the people working at 2 Melik Adamyan Street should pay greater attention to analytic components. We should make this and multiple other goals our work priorities.
In coming years the entire political system will be overloaded with work. The ruling party should stimulate this process by continuously channeling filtered and developed ideas in order to test policy results on the spot and ensure feedback,” the President said.
“The ideas and projects we intend to bring to life, and the steps we intend to undertake, are of vital importance for our country and people. The reputation of our party, as well as of the whole country depends on it. Being the largest party in Armenia is not a reason for relaxing and filling with unwarranted self-confidence. On the contrary, we should constantly reaffirm our position as a leading party with our work, devotion and purposefulness,” President Sargsyan concluded.