“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” quotes Robert Kocharian as saying during his visit to Syunik province that he is satisfied that most questions put to him by local residents have to do with economic development rather than “political intrigues.” “Everything will be all right,” he told them.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that negotiations between the Armenian government and a group of Japanese businessmen have ended without a result. “The Japanese are categorically refusing to make investments in our economy, arguing that the times of kamikazes are long gone.”
“Azg” reports that a senior Russian official has called on Armenia to join the Russia-Belarus union. The union’s controversial executive secretary, Pavel Borodin, made the call in a speech at the ongoing congress in Moscow of Russia’s largest Armenian organization. “This was followed by applause. The Armenian parliament speaker, Armen Khachatrian, also liked Borodin’s idea. At least, he too was vigorously applauding.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments that Armenian politicians have never managed to master the art of public relations. This is particularly true for the opposition politicians. “The Armenian opposition is either genius or the opposite. In any case, it is not understood. The goal of any opposition is to be understood [by voters]. In Armenia everything is being done to achieve the opposite result.” Opposition leaders know little except staging rallies and arguing about the number of people taking part in them. “Even now, just months before the elections, the opposition has no clear-cut programs,” it writes regretfully.
“Golos Armenii” continues to discuss what it believes is a heavy legacy of Armenia’s former leadership. “Had it not been for mass media, the existence of the HHSh would not have been remembered in Armenia. That political force has no real activities.” The paper does not think that former president Levon Ter-Petrosian will run for president next year “because he will never enter a struggle with an unknown outcome.”