May 14, 2010 - 13:35 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan delivered a speech at the meeting of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Board of Trustees.
“First of all I would like to welcome the working style of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund Board of Trustees envisaging on site introduction with carried out programs, exchanging ideas about the work done and discussing important issues in an immediate atmosphere. Your traditional visits to Artsakh on the eve of the annual meeting of the Fund’s Board of Trustees are a good evidence of that,” Mr. Sahakyan said.
“The activity of the Fund is of utmost importance for strengthening and flourishing of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, improving living conditions and raising lining standards of our people. As during the years of the post-war period today there are issues in Artsakh that have national significance too. These issues can be solved only by joint efforts of the whole Armenians. In this row the restoration of the republic’s water supply system, which was almost completely destroyed in the result of the military operations is of primary importance.”
He went on saying that “the authorities of Artsakh together with Armenia and the Diaspora set about the development of this economically and politically significant field.”
“Together we managed to realize a number of complex programs directed to improving the water supply of the country. Owing to the active participation of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund drinking and irrigation water needs of dozens of settlements have fully been satisfied, some objects in the capital Stepanakert and regional centers have been restored. However, there are still numerous tasks to be fulfilled. Two hundred villages out of 323 existing in Artsakh face sharp shortage of drinking water and need urgent solutions. Serious problems exist in Stepanakert and in the regional centers where more than half of the republic’s population lives. This program is quite expensive. Only in the capital the construction of new water supply objects and restoration of the operating ones require AMD6,5 billion,” Mr. Sahakyan said.
He concluded his speech, saying, “It is obvious that the problem of water supply in Artsakh can be solved exclusively by means of our joint efforts. Taking into consideration the significance of this strategic program, I propose to discuss inclusion of water supply issue that has vital importance for Artsakh into the framework of Telethon 2010. This will provide opportunities to realize corresponding programs improving water supply system of the republic.”