BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN
On August 23, 1990 the Supreme Council of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia adopted Armenia’s Declaration of Independence, ending decades of Soviet rule and beginning a new chapter in our storied history.
The following day the country became the Republic of Armenia and a year later, on Sept. 21, 1991 Armenia became an independent nation.
During the past 22 years, Armenia has weathered storms and seen achievements, none of which would have been possible without the document, whose anniversary we mark today.
The challenge for the future will be to adhere to the provisions of the Declaration of Independence.
One of the important provisions of Armenia’s Declaration of Independence states: “All citizens living on the territory of Armenia are granted citizenship of the Republic of Armenia. Armenians of the Diaspora have the right of citizenship of Armenia. The citizens of the Republic of Armenia are protected and aided by the Republic. The Republic of Armenia guarantees the free and equal development of its citizens regardless of national origin, race, or creed.”
22 years have passed since that historic day. We have had 22 years to experience growing pains, mature and advance. 22 years later, we must ask ourselves what can be done to accelerate the process of adhering to the principles put forth in the Declaration of Independence.
Today, we will celebrate this historic day, and reflect on the events—good and bad—that have shaped our nation. But, tomorrow the real task of salvaging our nation should begin with the participation of each and every Armenian throughout the world.