WELCOME SPEECH OF RA PRESIDENT ROBERT KOCHARYAN

Dear compatriots, dear guests
I cordially welcome the participants and guests of the Pan-Armenian Games. Games that will become traditional and moral from now on and will give a powerful mental incentive to the Armenians all over the world. These games are one of the manifestations of our new policy of uniting Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora. For the first time our homeland hosts such a wide array of Armenian sportsmen from Diaspora. The power uniting sport and the homeland will make us more powerful. I wish you fair competition, sport, success, happy moments and triumphant spirit.
Today, on August 28, 1999, I announce the first Pan-Armenian Games open.