[12:44 pm] 01 September, 2008

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Tigran
Torossian,issued a congratulating message on the Day of Knowledge.

"September 1 is of great importance for each of us as a way taking to
the infinite world of knowledge. September 1 is especially significant
for thousands of first-formers who get in touch with the mysterious
world of books and freshmen who step into the wonderful world of

The day is also important for our pedagogues who educate new
generations as erudite, honest and honourable citizens to build the
Armenia we long for," runs the message.

His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All
Armenians, also issued a congratulatory address on the Day of
Knowledge. The message says, in part:

"On the occasion of the Knowledge Day, from the Mother See of Holy
Etchmiadzin we bring our pontifical blessing and good wishes to the
workers of the sphere of education, devoted lecturers and teachers,
pupils and students.

The meaning of the Knowledge Day is bright and joyous, full of hope
for progress. The doors of hundreds of educational establishments
are opening today with this aspiration and optimism to educate our
children, to whom the future of our people, our country and Motherland
should be entrusted.

We wish a productive academic year, robust health and vigor to
the teachers and organizers of the educational process, as well as
educative spirit, bright mind and diligence to the students.

May Our Lord Jesus Christ keep you under his protection and guide
your steps, keep our Motherland and people in peace today and
forever. Amen."