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Armenian President in Japan: Calls for Removal of Barriers to Diasporan Input

Meeting with members of the Armenian community in Japan today, Armenian President Armenian Sarkissian described the situation in Armenia following last year’s war in Karabakh as a “crisis”, adding that it will take years to resolve the issues facing the country.

Sarkissian stressed the need to accept the new reality and to learn the bitter lessons from the recent past.

Sounding an optimistic note, Sarkissian said Armenia must rally its resources, especially the advantages of having a vast diaspora, to turn the country around.

“Our main resource is the people. We have an advantage here because we have the diaspora. There are many Armenians living in Russia, the United States, France, all over the world. It is a huge advantage. We have compatriots who educate and are educated, who create and obtain experience. They can bring all that to Armenia, but we place obstacles in their path. The 21st century, after all, will not be a century of natural resources. The largest companies in the world, for a long time, are not oil based but are technology companies," said Sarkissian.

The Armenian president called for the removal of all barriers now preventing worldwide Armenians from serving the homeland.

Sarkissian said one of the aims of his working visit to Japan is to meet with leading technology companies.

"Armenia and Japan can work together, especially in the field of advanced technology I hope that Japanese companies will participate in the process of technological development of Armenia,” Sarkissian told community members.

Comments (3)

Hrayr Koulouzian
I was in Armenia 🇦🇲 during the November War, from November 6th to November 23rd me and my friends were there for Humanitarian Aid. All what I have been led to believe here has ZERO relation with how it is in Armenia 🇦🇲. It’s a HOAX. Instead of screaming “we demande our lands”, FIRST of all start giving current lands to 10 million diaspora Armenians and collect TAX using back that money to built hotels, centre's, institutions so 10 million Armenians can have one foot in Armenia and one foot in their native country. Diaspora Armenians are TAX payers in their native country and will get the involvement of their RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS if anything happens. THIS TALK AND TALK AND TALK is only good for people and organizations who want to pocket funds. PEOPLE ARE YOUR BIGGEST RESOURCE !!! Bring in Armenians from Lebanon, Syria, Canada, Unites Stats, Australia, etc and you’ll see what Armenian will become MR ARMEN SARKISSIAN ! MAKE A DEAL WITH ENGLAND OR THE QUEEN ELIZABETH !!!
HAGOP
EXCELLENT COMMENT BY SAKO!!!!!! ARMENIA WOULD BE DIFFERENT COUNTRY NOW IF LEADERS WERE DIASPORA!!!!!! 30 YEARS OF CORRUPTION!!!! 30 YEARS OF GREED!!! BILLIONS OF $$$$ STEAL AND WASTED!!!!! ARMENIA WANT DIASPORA $$$$ WITHOUT DIASPORA PEEOPLE!!!!!
Sako
22 years ago I initiated a discussion with Vartan Oskanian while on a visit to Armenia regarding this same issue, the incredible lack of foresight from the foreign ministry team (excluding Vartan) is one of the key reasons for where we are today. Armenia has been led by clan like groups with extreme clan mentality, even the meager spoils of stolen booty was treated as such. They scoffed at our ideas regarding assistance from the diaspora, and unfortunately not much has changed. They much rather guard the scraps left in our nation for their ow greedy purposes than allow the odars from diaspora to have a say and build a better nation.

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