Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   21 April

Army should participate in development process of country’s economy – President Sarkissian

YEREVAN, JANUARY 28, ARMENPRESS. The Army should put concrete tasks, generate the forces and play the role of locomotive in general, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian told reporters, stating that the Army should participate in the development process of the economy, reports Armenpress.

“By facing problems the Army should expect contemporary and innovative, and also sometimes unexpected decisions which do not necessarily mean to be the copy of foreign solutions. We can create ours, have our own example. The Army has a task to participate not only in the country’s defense, but also the development of economy”, the President said.

The reporters asked how it would be possible to solve these issues by the structural changes of the government, the creation of a new ministry.

“How the government’s composition should be is the task of that same government and the prime minister. The same work can be done with 10 persons or 20. I am confident that our prime minister is trying to do so to make the government more effective. I have my personal experience, my visions, but one thing is clear: the solution will not be only structural, but also factual. We need to understand that our Army tomorrow or the next day will need the latest technologies which will be very expensive, sometimes unavailable, but we are capable of creating most of them by ourselves and sell them. If we offer any valuable idea, a new type of weapon, the super powers will buy them from us with pleasure. We need to look at the world, see who has what, learn, convince, bring here and jointly work. But this, of course, will require time”, the President said.

The Republic of Armenia and Armenians around the world celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Armenian Army’s establishment on January 28. On January 28, 1992, the Government adopted the “On the Defense Ministry of Armenia” historic decision, heralding the formation of the Armenian Army. In May of 1992, the ministry held the first drafting, laying the foundation for the stable tradition of drafting conscription servicemen to the Army.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan

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