New Year's Messages of
President Reagan and President Mikhail Gorbachev of the
President Reagan's Message
On behalf of the American people, I send you greetings on the coming of the New Year.
In your country and mine, the New Year is a time of hope and renewal. Never have these qualities of the spirit been more necessary than now, as Soviet Armenia begins to heal from its wounds. You have our deepest sympathy. You have our prayers. And you have a personal hope from my wife, Nancy, and me that in the effort to rebuild what was shattered you will find your solace.
am confident that relations between our two countries will continue on the
positive course they have followed in the year just ending. And despite our
disagreements, we have been able to find some common ground. When I visited
human rights, progress is being made in reunification of families, freedom of
people to travel as they please, and in other areas. The cessation of jamming
is also a positive step; for if we're to understand each other better, we must
be able to talk freely with each other, and listen freely as well. In bilateral
relations, for example in cultural and educational exchange, improvements mean
that the barriers that artificially separated our peoples are slowly being
lowered. And in regional issues, from
In all of these areas, these improvements represent only the beginning of a long, difficult road to better understanding and cooperation. We are ready to continue moving along this road. Important differences remain between our countries and will continue for years to come. But I am confident that we have been witness in 1988 to progress that, if we are careful and diligent, can continue next year and during the years to come.
Gorbachev's visit to
This is my final message to you as President, and so, let me close by saying this: I believe the world is safer than it was a year ago, and I pray it will be safer still a year from now. I wish you, the Soviet people, well in the New Year. Thank you, and may God bless you and keep you all the days of your life.
President Gorbachev's Message
Dear Americans, on this first day of the New Year, I am pleased to have the opportunity to convey, on behalf of the Soviet people and on my own behalf, our best wishes to the American people and to every American family.
Seeing out a year gone by and ushering in a new year is always a moving experience. Each time, we take stock of the past year: happy about some things, sad about others, and hoping that many of our concerns will be left behind as we cross the threshold of the year and that our wishes will be fulfilled in the coming year.
year was rich in momentous events. It also brought many good changes in
relations between our peoples and countries. Today they are more dynamic and
more humane. We have become closer, and we have come to know each other better.
Americans seem to be rediscovering the
is memorable for all of us as a year when we began reducing the most terrifying
nuclear weapons. That alone is enough for it to go down in history as a landmark,
a great turning point in world affairs. Many other facts, too, prove that
changes for the better, very important for all of us, are taking place in the
world. The Afghan issue is close to a settlement. Hostilities have ceased
let me mention one thing in particular. You know how much misfortune and
suffering was caused by the earthquake in
all this, one cannot help thinking that all people who live on this Earth, all
of us, however different, are really one family. I am sure we will find enough
wisdom and good will to establish together a true period of peace for all
humankind. If we are capable of a new way of feeling, then we must surely be
capable of a new way of thinking. If we are capable of a new way of thinking,
then instead of merely surviving we can live in a new way: on the basis of
equal rights, justice, trust, humanism, and wide-ranging cooperation. This is
the message I wanted to convey in addressing the United Nations in
are, of course, still many problems in the world, and they are intricate and
complex. But that only heightens the need to solve them together -- as we say
in our country, with everyone pitching in. It is good that we understand this
and, moreover, that we are taking the first steps in that direction. Both our
countries have a lot of problems. Quite naturally, you know your problems
better, and we know ours. We intend to solve our problems in the course of
perestroika. But the
Once again, I salute you, citizens of a great nation. Once again, I wish all of you peace, good health, and well-being. May there be more happiness and joy in your life. May your best hopes be fulfilled. May our common achievements shine brighter and brighter, filling every Soviet and American home and all our planet with an abiding will for peace, development, and construction.
A Happy New Year!
Note: President Reagan's
message was recorded at on