ArmInfo. At the opening of the peace summit dedicated to Nelson Mandela, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a chance to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Spokesman of the Armenian Prime Minister Arman Yeghoyan wrote about this on his Facebook page.
To note, according to the press service of the Armenian government, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is in New York on a working visit, partook in the opening of the Peace Summit dedicated to Nelson Mandela, attended by U.S. President Donald Trump and leaders and heads of government from many countries participating in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
In his speech, Nikol Pashinyan noted, it is a great honor to address Nelson Mandela Peace Summit that marks the centennial anniversary of this iconic political leader.According to him Mandela's image symbolizes peace and human dignity, embodying struggle and compassion at the same time. ''His name is deeply rooted in our collective memory as a pioneer for the fight against racism and discrimination, strong advocate of justice and equality,'' said Nikol Pasinyan.
He noted that it was only half a year ago, when the people of Armenia rejected fear and injustice and went out to the streets to protest for their fundamental rights, freedom and dignity. As the dramatic events were unfolding in the streets of Yerevan I was asked if I had a model of a leader who inspired me in my nation's strive for democracy and social justice and my answer was YES, there is such a leader. And that leader is Nelson Mandela. Having been a political prisoner myself, I closely followed the political path and life story of this most famous political prisoner who would change his own country and indeed the aspirations of millions worldwide.
As Mandela said on one occasion "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Mandela's walk, the long walk to freedom was with me during my imprisonment, and to a great extend influenced my conscience and motivated me to embark on my own "long walk to freedom" through prison and persecution, through struggle against injustice across the towns and villages of my country,'' Nikol Pashinyan noted.
He also noted that in the true spirit of Mandela's ideas, our movement became known to the world as Armenian ''non-violent velvet revolution of love and solidarity''. ''And now, months after my people's success, I stand here at the high rostrum of this summit as the head of modern Armenian government to celebrate the legacy of this great person whose courage and determination served as an example for others around the globe'', the head of aaaaaaarmenian government said.
He added that he come to New York from a region, where unfortunately bloody conflicts, corrupt system of governance, animosity between people overshadow wisdom and the need for peaceful coexistence.
''Democracies are not supposed to wage wars against each other. I hope that one day our region's democratic development will rule out the risks of hostilities, wars and hatred. Armenia has firmly embarked on this path of and strongly stands for regional peace, stability and reconciliation,'' said Nikol Pashinyan.
He also recalled, that this year the world will mark the seventieth anniversaries of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. "This provides us with yet another opportunity to reflect on the reasons of why the humanity to this day is not immune from the scourge of discrimination, intolerance, xenophobia, persecution and crimes against humanity. The life and struggle of Nelson Mandela will stand as a true role model of what should and can be done, as he was preaching that "no one is born hating another person:, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,'' concluded Nikol Pashinyan.
To note on September 24, within the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, the Nelson Mandela Memorial Peace Summit began. According to UN information, the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly was attended by heads and other high-ranking officials from 84 states. Plenary meeting is timed to the 100th anniversary of the birth of South African state and public figure Nelson Mandela. President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the African Union Musa Faki, President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar, wife of Nelson Mandela Graca Machel, the head of the human rights organization Amnesty International Kumi Naidu addressed the opening speech at the forum..