We must restore the atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect, Armenia’s President says

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian calls to restore the atmosphere of tolerance, mutual respect, to bring together all the positive and vital qualities of our people, to turn them into a collective force, which will be the guarantee of our further success.

Below is president Sarkissian’s address in full:

Dear compatriots,

Today, our country as a state, and our society, we are all in a deep post-war crisis. This should be recorded without greed, without deceiving ourselves, and at the same time, without despair. We must be fully aware of the existence of this crisis and do everything we can to overcome it. Together, hand in hand.

Regardless of the position we hold, our political beliefs and views, our personal likes and dislikes, we must think about the future of our state, country and people.

Each of us has the right to express our opinion, dissatisfaction and demand an explanation from the authorities for the enormous human and territorial losses caused to us by the war.

The government cannot act in the spirit of 2018 public mood. Today’s reality is completely different.

In these tense and difficult days, I appeal to all of you: your every action must comply with the law, it must be lawful.

I also appeal to the representatives of the law enforcement bodies, it is important to maintain order. At the same time, remember that in front of you, in the streets of , is our compatriot, one of us, woman, man, young or old. Among them are the people who a few days ago defended the homeland, each of us, you.

Any violence, disproportionate use of force and means is inadmissible and unacceptable. In your actions you must show responsibility, high human-professional qualities.

Today we need turning points. Solutions must be within the framework of national accord. We must be able to restore the atmosphere of tolerance, mutual respect, to bring together all the positive and vital qualities of our people, to turn them into a collective force, which will be the guarantee of our further success. The activity of the President և Presidential Institute is aimed at that very goal.

God bless us all.

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