ArmInfo.The new slogan of the ruling party "Civil Contract" in the upcoming parliamentary elections will be "There is a future". Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated this in his speech in parliament.
Answering the questions of the MPs, Pashinyan noted that from a conceptual point of view, he believes that Armenia historically developed when it was not in a state of blockade. In his words, such were the years of Soviet Armenia, when the development of the country achieved very high rates. In retrospect, these years are very difficult to overestimate. As the Prime Minister stated, Armenia's rivals know and understand this very well, therefore they will do everything to keep Armenia in a state of blockade. It is their strategic task to ensure that the country remains in an isolated state. Therefore, for the development of Armenia, the dominant task should be the opening of communications, the unblocking of the country, including in the direction of Iran.
In this regard, Pashinyan is confident that Azerbaijan will continue its unconstructive policy, including at the level of statements and official rhetoric, in order to sow a climate of fear among the Armenian public. Pashinyan recalled that he had already spoken about the importance of Armenia's railway connection with the outside world, including for the development of the manufacturing industry and the mining industry.
The second and, perhaps, the key factor, the cornerstone of ensuring the country's security will be deepening ties with Russia as a strategic partner in terms of strengthening the joint group of forces and air defense. As a continuation of this process, the country must seriously strengthen its army, transferring it to professional rails as a strategic goal of its reform. And this is not about contract service, but about the professional army, since experience has shown that these are different categories.
The next strategic task will be to improve the demographic situation in the country through a serious reform of the educational system through profound changes in the entire educational chain and in the scientific field.
The future of Armenia should be built on these three pillars: security, industry, education and science.
Speaking about the confidence of the citizens of Armenia in the future of their country, Pashinyan noted that these doubts among the population are not a new phenomenon, that even before the "velvet revolution" these doubts and disappointments were deepening all the time. After the revolution, people's hopes increased significantly, but after the outbreak of the pandemic and as a result of the war, this problem became aggravated again. He urged not to panic over such sentiments. "Through our work, step by step, we must restore this faith, which can be done by improving the economic situation, improving the education system, etc. And the party "Civil Contract" will talk about this during its election campaign>, Pashinyan emphasized.