Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Armenia

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June 5, 2012
Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks With Armenian Foreign Minister Nalbandian

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On June 4, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Yerevan, Armenia, where she met with President President Serzh Sarksyan and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian as well as with Embassy Yerevan staff and families.

In her remarks with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, Secretary Clinton said, "Twenty years ago, Armenia had just begun its transition to democracy. There have been positive steps, and now we need to take more. We know from experience that democracy must be built over time. It isn't about just one campaign or even one election. It is an ongoing project. And we are pleased to see Armenia continuing to work to strengthen your democratic institutions to promote transparency, advance the rights of a free press, root out corruption, respect universal rights and freedoms."

While in Armenia, Secretary Clinton also participated in the Universal Rights Award Ceremony where she said, "The men and women we honor here today have toiled and sacrificed to make human rights a reality for the people of Armenia. Their stories show us that solutions to big problems can start with the actions of one or a few people. Change begins with a group of courageous activists who fight to stop environmental degradation so Armenians can live healthier lives, begins with journalists who raise awareness about human rights violations, and a dedicated public servant who pushes the police force to reform."

On June 5, the Secretary will travel to Batumi, Georgia to open the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission plenary session. She will meet also with President Saakashvili and hold discussions with a broad range of political actors and civil society representatives. You can follow the Secretary's travel on www.state.gov.

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