WELCOME SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA ROBERT KOCHARIAN

Dear Compatriots,
Honorable Guests,

I cordially greet the participants and guests of the Second Pan-Armenian Games. Pan-Armenian games have already acquired their special place in the lives of our people, becoming a unique factor of national unity. Its explicit expression is the wide geographical coverage of the Second Pan-Armenian Games and the large number of participants. It is noteworthy that the Pan-Armenian Games are already shaping their traditions and newly created history. I am confident that the unifying spirit of the homeland and fair competition in sports will give new and powerful impetus to all of us and especially to the youth. I wish you success in your race, and winning spirit. Today, in August 18, 2001, I announce the Second Pan-Armenian Games open.