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Lynne Tracy: The need for an enduring political solution on the  status of Nagorno-Karabakh is essential for securing regional peace  and stability

Lynne Tracy: The need for an enduring political solution on the  status of Nagorno-Karabakh is essential for securing regional peace  and stability

ArmInfo.  Since Armenia's  independence, the United States has supported Armenia in its fight  for democracy - not because we have perfected it ourselves, but  because we know how much work it takes to protect and defend.  U.S.  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia Lynne Tracy  wrote about this in her article "Democracy is Precious". 

Thus, Tracy, in her article, in particular, wrote: "On January 20,  2021 just before 12:00pm in Washington, D.C., President Joseph R.  Biden, Jr. took the oath of office to become the 46th President of  the United States.  His Vice President, Kamala Harris, was also sworn  in, becoming not only the first woman, but also the first Black and  Indian American to hold the office.  In his inaugural address,  President Biden said of the moment, "We've learned again that  democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. At this hour, my  friends, democracy has prevailed."  As we have seen over the last few  weeks, and as President Biden emphasized, democracy cannot be taken  for granted, even after nearly two and a half centuries in the United  States.

Since Armenia's independence, the United States has supported Armenia  in its fight for democracy - not because we have perfected it  ourselves, but because we know how much work it takes to protect and  defend.  Critical to this task are building and maintaining strong  democratic institutions and advancing the rule of law, providing  economic opportunity for all, and broadening access to education.  It  is a process that demands unity, resolve and perseverance, often in  the face of enormous challenges.

As the United States begins a new chapter in our own country's  history, we renew our commitment to partnering with the Armenian  people, Government, civil society, media, and the private sector to  support the aspirations of the Armenian people who voiced their  choice for meaningful, tangible reforms to strengthen the  institutions of Armenia's democratic institutions and for a more  prosperous future.

Democracy and the rule of law are cornerstones of the U.S.-Armenia  relationship, but we have an even broader common positive agenda.   Supporting sustainable and inclusive economic growth, expanding trade  and investment, promoting energy security, managing environmental  resources responsibly, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and investing  in people through educational opportunities reflect a deep and wide  U.S.-Armenia partnership that I am confident will continue to  strengthen.

Above all, we recognize the urgent work to be done in moving forward  following the devastating conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.  The U.S.  government has responded to Armenia's critical needs by providing  clothes, food, child-friendly safe-spaces, and shelter to displaced  peoples.  The United States continues to call for the swift and safe  return of the remaining detainees.  We condemn the acts of atrocities  connected with the conflict.  Those responsible must be held to  account.  And, while the fighting has stopped, the need for an  enduring political solution on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh is  essential for securing regional peace and stability.

As I look ahead to the upcoming year, I acknowledge the many  challenges we still face.  But I am confident that, together, we are  up to the task.  We will continue to support Armenia as it rebuilds  in the years to come.  As President Biden said on Wednesday - "We  have never ever, ever failed in America when we have acted together."   That emphasis on togetherness transcends our borders - together with  our Armenian friends and partners, we will tackle the challenges  before us, uphold our shared values, and ensure that democracy and  the rule of law prevail, leading to a brighter future for us all."


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