Raffi Hovannisian: Citizen and Homeland are One and the Same

The Heritage Party
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December 25, 2012

Citizen and Homeland are One and the Same

By now it is clear that the rise of big mining in Armenia has been not
a project of the national interest but a privilege of the chosen few,
who have amassed fantastic fortunes while our country descends into
poverty and despair.

In recent years we have witnessed grave violations under the guise of
eminent domain, the destruction of historical monuments, and the
obliteration of vast, prospering ecosystems. In place of lush forests,
lakes of hazardous toxic waste cover Armenia. Our homeland is being

The time for change has come. Today we must stand together to demand:

1) The reevaluation of all mining licenses in Armenia–including
the license issued to the open mine at Teghut, the great forest of the
Lori region;

2) The suspension of all pending licenses, in anticipation of a
comprehensive and multi-faceted parliamentary investigation into the
legality and transparency of the licensing process; and

3) The redrafting of the environmental code and the tax code to
ensure that, in the future, national resources are extracted only with
due regard for the environment and to the benefit of the entire
Armenian people.

We the people wholeheartedly support Armenia’s economic development,
but that will happen in earnest only when rights rule, the environment
commands respect, and the rank-and-file citizen rises to become master
of his homeland.

Raffi K. Hovannisian
Citizen, Republic of Armenia
December 25, 2012


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