According to "Hayastani Hanrapetutyun," from the political or legislative point of view there is nothing unusual in the parliament's failure yesterday to approve the government report on implementation of last year's budget. Political interests have their own requirements. But it is strange to see that those political interests are at variance with the interests of the country and the state, the paper says.
Commenting on the same subject, "Zhamanak" writes that the current government is responsible only for the period that started in May 2000. As during the previous two to three years, different governments implemented the budget in 2000. Thus, the performance of any of those governments should not be judged solely based on implementation of the budget, "Zhamanak" concludes.
According to "Aravot," every time after criticizing the government's performance, the deputies in the parliament consider it useless and meaningless to seek the resignation of the government in question. "We are witnessing the same precedent today," the paper writes. Nothing will happen and no parliamentary faction or group will try to initiate a vote of no confidence in this government, says "Aravot." The only thing, perhaps, that will have any impact on this government is just a little fear.
Evaluating the parliament's refusal to approve the report presented by Andranik Markarian's government, "Azg" writes that stability in the country was shaken, despite the fact that a vote of no confidence in the government is highly unlikely. It is a blow to the credibility of the country.
According to "Haikakan Zhamanak," nothing happens in politics without a reason. Defense Minister Serzh Sarkissian has more power and influence than the head of the Government, Andranik Markarian. The prime minister is not an important figure. "Haikakan Zhamanak" cites the fact that the head of the "Armenian-Russian" intergovernmental commission is Serzh Sarkissian. The minister of defense is always meeting with different foreign leaders and discussing Armenia's economic problems with them. All announcements about Armenia's "unprecedented" economic growth are being made by President Robert Kocharian and not by the Prime Minister. If this is the case, then what are the functions of Andranik Markarian, the paper asks. "Haikakan Zhamanak" also notes that the prime minister did not meet with any visiting leaders during the CIS Collective Security Treaty summit in Yerevan last week.
"Azg" reports that the issue of holding trilateral meeting between Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Minsk is not clear yet. It is up to the Russians to decide whether there is a need for holding such a meeting or not. The meeting will be held if there is a prospect of a practical dialogue between the sides.
"Hayots Askharh" considers the upcoming Minsk meeting between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as new evidence that the Karabakh negotiating process is deadlocked. The paper concludes that Russia is now drastically strengthening its role and is trying to take up the initiative from the U.S. and become the sole negotiator and guarantor of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.